30. January 2013 /

Superkilen Honored in AIA Awards 2013

The Superkilen project by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Topotek1 in Copenhagen was honored with an Award for Regional and Urban Design within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards 2013. The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognize distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.

Several other projects were also honored in the same category, including Burnham Place at Union Station Master Plan, Coal Harbour Convention District, The Great Lakes Century - 100-year Vision, Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan, National September 11 Memorial, Parkmerced Vision Plan, and Rock Street Pocket Housing. View each of these projects here.

The Superkilen project summarised by the AIA:
"The design of Superkilen was driven by two overarching ideas: first, that the park would become a vehicle for celebrating the neighborhood’s multicultural heritage, and, second, that it would serve as a giant exhibition of urban best practice. Superkilen features trails for pedestrians and cyclists, connections to local transport, and outdoor recreation spaces, as well as a market space and areas for games.

The different surfaces and colors of Superkilen’s three zones are integrated to form new, dynamic surroundings for the everyday objects— benches, lampposts, trash cans, and plants—exhibited throughout the park. These objects were all selected by area residents, who represent more than 50 nationalities. A variety of trees and other vegetation, arranged as small islands of diverse species, match the origin of the surrounding everyday objects."

The jury commented:
"This project is a joy! This is not only original, but stunning to behold. It is noteworthy for its aesthetic approach, which is straightforwardly artificial rather than pretending to be natural. One of the project’s most exciting dimensions is its inclusion of the diverse community of users. Its bold use of color and public art (both high and popular) in spaces that promote social interaction and engagement all exude a high level of excitement and energy through what once looked like residual space. SUPERKILEN shows what can be done with an open, inventive approach within severe cost limitations. It is not afraid to have fun and to not take itself too seriously. It demonstrates the value of powerful visual and spatial moves while keeping connected to the realities of a contemporary multicultural context: the condition of many European cities."

The project is featured in the October edition of Garten und Landschaft Magazine.

Image credits:
Images 2 & 3 Iwan Baan 
Project Credits:
Architect: BIG / Bjarke Ingels Group
Landscape Architect: Topotek1
Art Consultant: Superflex

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