The third day was again spent in the centre of Copenhagen, beginning with a talk by SLA landscape architects and followed by a walk around the southern side of Copenhagen centre through part of the Amager island, to Christiania and finishing in the atrea of Christianshaven.
SLA Landscape Architects are one of the most exciting and innovative Landscape Architects working today. Rasmus Alstrup one of the project directors from SLA gave the students a talk about their sustainable approach and philosophy, explained through their own project examples. Many thanks to Rasmus for his time and effort – the talk was inspiring for everyone.
Following the talk we had a tour of the office and had a look at their model making room where an student intern was working on a planting scheme using pins and coloured circles to represent each of the trees – a beautiful approach to detailed 3D planting design.
Following the visit to SLA we walked south to see the new development of Orestad on Amager island, a mixed use development including a university campus, halls of residence, concert hall, and residential apartments. The entire development is very close to the groundwater level and includes a meandering river throughout. We visited…
Following Orestad we walked northwest towards Christianshaven to visit a small courtyard enclosed by residential units, a wonderfully intimate series of spaces that create complex boundaries between public and private places.
The next stop was Christiania – a free-state famous for its self-determined social system and anarchic approach to contemporary society. This was the perfect contrast to the Orestad development – a completely top-down approach compared with a community driven bottom-up approach.
Out of Christiania and into the much more gentrified landscapes of Christianshaven, the Little Amsetrdam of Copenhagen, where the day ended with a visit to the Danish Architecture Centre and a walk past the Black Diamond National Library Extension.
Black Diamond by Jan Lykke (visit Jan Lykke’s website for more fantastic photos of Copenhagen waterfront).