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Superkilen - Copenhagen's diversity park

Superkilen, an urban development project in Copenhagen's district Nørrebro
Superkilen, an urban development project in Copenhagen's district Nørrebro

I was in Copenhagen last week for a meeting and had a late flight back to Hamburg. When you check street photography spots in Copenhagen you definitely will find some black and white pictures of leading lines from Superkilen. It wasn't too easy to find the exact location and it is quite a walk to go there from the inner city region. Nevertheless, it is well worth a visit. Superkilen is a public park in Copenhagen's Nørrebro district that celebrates cultural diversity. It is about 30.000 sqm and was opened in 2012. It stretches about 750 m through one of Denmark's most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods.

Mimers Plads



The white lines go from north to south and curve around the furniture to avoid touching it.
The white lines go from north to south and curve around the furniture to avoid touching it.

The park wasn't really crowded that late afternoon and I was lucky that a school class entered. The ran straight up the hill and posed for a group shot.

The big dentist neon sign is from Doha, Qatar.
The big dentist neon sign is from Doha, Qatar.
A moroccan fountain is part of the world exhibition approach of Superkilen.
A moroccan fountain is part of the world exhibition approach of Superkilen.


The concrete tables have chess and draughts integrated and for sure you recognise that you are in Denmark when you find Tuborg and Dansk Pilsener crown cabs.

Superkilen is an exhibition of furniture and everyday objects from all over the world: Barstols from Brazil, litter bins from England, benches, lampposts and even neon signs from Qatar and Russia. The manhole covers are from Zanzibar, Gdansk and Paris. An interesting experiment of cultural diversity in Denmarks capital. Even the plants are imported like the palm trees from China and the Japanese cherry-trees that were in bloom these days.

After the school class left I had Mimers Plads for myself again.
After the school class left I had Mimers Plads for myself again.

Superkilen is made up of three main areas: a red square, a black market with white lines on the floor and a green park. The following pictures are from the red square. It is painted red, orange and pink and offers activities for recreation purposes. It especially features sports and cultural activities like a Thai boxing ring, a swing, a fitness area, a playground, a basketball court and a skateboard area. The green park has rolling hills, trees and plants suitable for picnics, sports and walking the dog.

Red Square

If you are interested in a more in-depth look check this article about Superkilen of Archdaily.com.

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