Karen Blixens Plads

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Client: The Danish Building and Property Agency and the A. P. Møller Foundation

Program: Urban plaza at the University of Copenhagen (KUA)

Size: 20.000 m2

Status: 1st prize in competition in 2014, completed in 2019

Collaborators: EKJ, CN3, Vind-Vind, M.J. Eriksson, NCC Danmark

Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Caroline Nagel, Maria Aufegger, Karoline Liedtke, Matilda Andersson, Birk Folke Daugaard, Christian Sander, Ben James, Joachim Makholm Michelsen, Ludvig Holtenäs 

Karen Blixens Plads is a new urban space at the University of Copenhagen (KUA). With its approximately 20,000 m2, Karen Blixens Plads will be one of the biggest public squares in Copenhagen. The plaza is located between the newly built university buildings of KUA and the nature reserve Amager Fælled. The urban space is connected to Amager Fælled through a gradual transition, making Karen Blixens Plads a hybrid of both park and square in one, arranged as a superimposed surface of hills and valleys with room for 2.100 bicycle parking spaces under the hills. The new square will be a campus landscape, offering high functional performance as well as a recreational resource. The necessary infrastructure is turned into a three-dimensional student hang-out.