St Kjeld’s Quarter in Copenhagen, Denmark

Architecture firm Tredje Natur, along with the local government in Copenhagen, Denmark, has unveiled a plan to redesign 105ha of the St. Kjeld’s Quarter area in the city to enable it to better handle flood situations.

The company said that redesigning the St. Kjeld’s Quarter will make it one of Copenhagen’s greenest neighbourhoods.

Under the plan, the area will be redesigned in such a way that the rainwater will be collected above ground in parks and squares, which will relieve pressure on the city’s sewer system and create new recreational areas around the pools.

Cycle lanes will be used as outlets to channel storm water up to canals and to the North Harbour, preventing it from entering people’s basements.

The city of Copenhagen signed a deal with the architects to advise on the strategic development of the area after Tredje Natur partner Flemming Rafn Thomsen and Ole Schroder won the competition to re-design the site as part of the Europan architecture competition in 2011.

Tredje Natur’s design will create new kinds of urban experiences at larger spaces including St. Kjelds Space and Tasinge Square.

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Tredje Natur partner Flemming Thomsen Rafn said that at St. Kjelds Space and Space Tasinge the terrain can be optimised so that urban space surface area will be more than doubled.

"It provides space for, among other major natural value, better micro-climate, and thereby also more life and better water management," Rafn said.

"The large spaces are both striking and natural gathering points in the district, which also becomes possible to integrate new cafes and playgrounds."

The architects will recycle 20% of the street area by optimising the infrastructure and car parks and the 50,000m² freed up will be used for new urban space development.

Copenhagen city architect Tina Saab said, "The projects in climate neighbourhood shows how we at once can create beautiful, green streets and spaces and in the same game can establish an effective technical solution to rainwater in our streets to the harbour – instead of into our basements."

Construction is due to start in 2013, with completion scheduled for 2016.

Image: The project intends to transform St. Kjelds Quarter into Copenhagen’s greenest neighborhood. Photo: Tredje Natur.