The project introduces a new archetype in urban space to the city’s harbour; a “parkipelago” of floating islands, open and free to be used by an increasing number of boaters, fishermen, kayakers, stargazers and swimmers.
The islands reintroduce wilderness and whimsey to the rapidly gentrifying harbour, with endemic plants, trees and grasses above and anchor points below providing a habitat for birds and insects, seaweeds, fish and molluscs. The islands offer a constantly changing, generous, green space in the centre of the city. The project also hints at a new type of climate-resilient urbanism, inherently flexible in its use and only using sustainably sourced and recycled materials.
The islands will be constructed by hand in the boatbuilding yards in the south harbor of Copenhagen using traditional wooden boat building techniques. They will be moved seasonally between underutilized and newly developed parts of the harbor, catalyzing life and activity. The first prototype island ‘CPH-Ø1’ was launched in 2018 and became a popular feature in the harbor, moving from place to place, hosting part of a photography exhibition, a series of talks, and many seaside picnics. The prototype will be followed by three more islands to be launched in 2020, CPH-Ø1, CPH-Ø2 & CPH-Ø3 with plans for even more in the following years. Copenhagen Islands was awarded the Taipei International Design Awards for public space and the award for social design. It was a finalist in the Beazley design prize at the London Design Museum and has just been announced as a finalist in the Danish Design Prize.
Photography by Airflix with courtesy of Marshall Blecher & Studio Fokstrot