We spent the second day exploring the centre of Copenhagen – walking along Strogert, the famous pedestrianised urban centre (the focus of Jan Gehl’s research into urban space), exploring some of the key historic landscapes and buildings of the city, and finishing down by the harbour at Nyhaven (New Harbour) – the classic Copenhagen photograph of brightly coloured buildings.

YaoandYuchenYao and Yuchen in Amagerstrasse, part of the Strogert open space pedestrian network.

AmagerIntricate paving systems throughout the centre add to the overall sense of place as well as evidencing the value put on the urban landscape.

TiledSquareBeautiful glazed tile courtyard down a small alley off Strogert – we stumbled across spaces like this throughout the city which made it such a joy to explore.

LivingWallAnother accidental discovery, a living wall and nest box in a courtyard just of Strogert.

CopenhagenSimplicitySimple colours, functional forms, beautiful materials, and cycling. Copenhagen.

RoundTower2Just before lunch we went up the RoundTower a 17th Century brick structure with a 209m long spiral ramp running from ground level up to the roof Рa completely original building found nowhere else in the world. Views from the top across the whole of Copenhagen, over the offshore  windfarms to Sweden.

RoundTowerInside the tower – everything is curved, floors, walls, ceilings – yet all made of brick.

TheGroupMeeting after lunch outside the RoundTower – left to right … Jen, Yuchen, Gethin, Yao, Ximena, Jess, Rachel, Andy, Ben, Corthan, Sophie, Danny, Ellen, Bob, Qian, Cat, Susie, Francis.

SharedSpaceEverywhereAnd yet another discovery – shared space streets between the barracks, same material running across the whole space with trees, picnic tables, seats, lights helping to turn what could be a vehicle focused street into a pedestrian focused place.

NaturalPigmentsWalking through the 18th Century barracks built for the navy defense of the city. The buildings are beautifully coloured using natural pigments in unexpected combinations – in fact the whole city celebrates colour in its architecture with a sense of joy missing from so many other places.

TheCitadelOn to the Citadel – the final part of the defensive structure built around the city in the 18th Century. A massive star shaped landform with buildings sheltered in the centre, overlooking the sea to the East and protecting the city to the West. Now a public park with barracks, some residential buildings, paths and a memorial.

MemorialCitadelThe memorial within the Citadel earthworks – a ‘Monument to Denmark’s International Effort Since 1948’.

LittleMermaidObviously it is vital to have your photograph taken in front of the Little Mermaid.

SketchersTutors Bob and Jane sketching the Mermaid.

AmilienParkFrom the Mermaid we walked down to Amalienborg and the Amalienhaven gardens – a 1980s design that connects the Royal Palace to the harbourside.

NyhavnFinishing the day at Nyhaven, the New Harbour area of Copenhagen between the Royal Palace and the Parliament area, another celebration of colour in the urban landscape.

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Landscape Architecture @ University of Gloucestershire

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