Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: City of Copenhagen
Program: Urban plaza with underground car park
Size: 12.500 m2
Status: 1st prize in competition 2008, completion 2014
Collaborators: Sweco Architects, Niras, Professor Morten Stræde, Barslev
Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Caroline Nagel, Morten Emil Engel, Therese Wallstrøm, Jens Wagner, Tobias Mürsch, Christian Sander
The history of Israels Plads reflects the history of Copenhagen’s transformations. This central plaza was once where the city ended in a ring of protective fortifications. As the city gradually extended, the plaza became a vibrant market square – until the 50s, when it was turned into a lifeless carpark. With the renovation the idea is to celebrate the significance and the history of Israels Plads and revitalize it, turning it into a vibrant, diverse plaza for all kinds of people and activities. The surface of the new plaza is elevated above the existing street like a new urban carpet. It hovers over the many cars that used to dominate Israels Plads and are now placed in the basement.