SMALL ISLANDS – BIG IDEAS
By COPENHAGEN ISLANDS
“Copenhagen’s harbor has been recognized by the city as a viable area to create an alternative social experience, calling upon designers Marshal Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg to find new and exciting ways to make use of the acreage. To catalyze life and activity atop the harbor’s water, the pair have decided to employ CPH-Ø1, CPH-Ø2, and Ø3, a suite of hand-made wooden platforms with linden trees at their center, to create floating, public spaces for the city’s denizens to explore and socialize. Each movable platform can act as a swim zone, a floating sauna, or floating garden, allowing friends and family to meet and interact with one another after reaching the small, secluded structure by boat. Head to the company’s website to learn more about the designers’ most recent project.” ~Chris West, April 21, 2020; HC
CPH-Ø1 will be joined by CPH-Ø2, Ø3 and many more. They will serve as platforms for different activities – swim zones, floating saunas, floating gardens, floating mussel farms and a floating sail-in café, all free to be explored by the increasing number of kayaks, sailors, GoBoaters, tourists and fishermen in the harbor.
During summer the islands can be distributed to unused parts of the harbor, serving as an adventurous escape for the increasing amount of kayaks, sailors and general users of the harbor coast line. During winter and for special events or festivals, the islands can be brought together as a super-continent, creating a cluster more easily accessed from the harbor side.
The Copenhagen Islands introduce a completely new type of public parks in Copenhagen – a “parkipelago” focusing on the place and function of public spaces in the city – both in a local context with rapid urban development along the harbor side, threatening the recreational spaces, but also in a global context with rising sea levels creating new challenges for urban environments.
The islands will be dispatched on suitable locations around the inner harbor, but also find their way to more forgotten and underused corners of the harbor, catalyzing life and activity. Hopefully giving back a little bit of space for whimsey and wonder to the old industrial harbor sides.
Fonded by Statens Kunstfond and Havnekulturpuljen, the prototype CPH-Ø1 was launched at sea. CPH-Ø1 is a 20 m2 hand made wooden platform with a linden tree at its centre. It is a simple and iconic metaphor for an uninhabited island, representing wisdom and an earthbound vitality. By placing it on the water, it creates immediate wonder for people, passing by. This is the first taste of a completely new type of public space coming to Copenhagen. Moveable, floating, public spaces free for people to explore and conquer.