Team Chairetaki in Copenhagen

Education and Culture – Alex Chairetaki, well- educated, cultured, studied and worked in Copenhagen for 3 years.

Team Chairetaki delved into cultural and educational realms of Copenhagen, on no more and no less than two wheels. We kicked things off meandering through Amager Fælled, or Common towards Copenhagen University’s South Campus, a verdant campus with two bodies of water at its heart. We were impressed by the provision of recreational facilities for students which made the space fun and comfortable; from small boats on the water, to outdoor gyms. Our attention was drawn to the Tietgenkollegiet (The Tietgen Residence Hall), a circular building defiant of the linear structure across the rest of the campus. The building gives special consideration to the interface between private and communal spaces, and a circular central space encourages social interaction.

A few stops later we arrived at the Frederiksberg Campus, the home of the University’s Landscape Architecture Department! We were kindly shown around by a lecturer who’d previously taught our colleagues, Alex and Ana, in a visit that was perfectly timed to align with the Master students’ exhibition. It was intriguing to see how the study programme compares to those in the UK.

During a brief freewheel along ‘The Green Path’ (a 7km green cycle corridor through the city) we passed Superkilen and, in true landscape architect fashion, we stumbled across an unveiling party. Danish landscape architect firm ‘TREDJE NATUR’ was introducing their new innovation – the climate tile – a permeable paver which had, fortuitously, been installed outside a small characterful pub.

After a few drinks stops we merrily teetered along to our second to last stop – SUND Nature Park by SLA – part of Copenhagen University’s North Campus. We were well-entertained by the cycle bridge which zigzagged up and down over the university building and the lush green nature park below. The clean and simple geometry, and materiality of the park was particularly impressive.

With one more stop to go, cries for more beer began to resonate through the team, so we paused briefly to appreciate Forfatterhuset Kindergarten; a nursery with striking red architecture that accommodates 160 children. The boundary fence around this play area bleeds subtly and seamlessly from the façade of the building, creating a screen which didn’t feel obtrusive or limiting for the children.

Written by Graduate Landscape Architect, Tim Foxford and 3D Visualiser, Tom Fitzpatrick

Find out more about the practice’s danish-style 20th year celebrations and what the teams got up to in Copenhagen
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Team Swift – Connectivity and Cycling
Team Lord – Parks and Cemeteries
Team Santini – Masterplanning and Regeneration
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