Karen Blixens Plads

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Client: Danish Building and Property Agency and A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til Almene Formål

Program: Urban plaza at the University of Copenhagen

Size: 21,415 m2 with 2,000 parking lots for bicycles

Status: 1st prize in competition 2014, completed 2019

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

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

At more than 20,000 m2 Karen Blixens Plads is one of the largest public squares in Copenhagen. Located between the newly built University of Copenhagen and the nature reserve Amager commons, makes Karen Blixens Plads a hybrid of both park and square in one. The square has a unique undulating landscape with bicycle hills and plant beds, and has room for more than 2,000 parked bicycles, two-thirds of them in covered spaces inside the bicycle hills. In a soft transition, Karen Blixens Plads brings together the university's need for urban spaces and bicycle parking with the open landscape of the neigbouring common, promoting green transportation, climate change adaptation and biodiversity.