A counter-relief interpretation of the city of Copenhagen
Water, in its richness and complexity shapes the cartographic representations of Copenhagen. This work aims at presenting a counter-relief analysis of Copenhagen through water, its currents, flows, limits, to reveal how it shapes the territory, steeps in mental images and everyday life. We take into account the space and time scale to assess how the territory is going to evolve and make future scenarios. The future perspective of the coast is subject to climate data. It faces global warming, a predicted rise of the sea level of an average of one meter fifty in the next hundred years. If climate research continues and adapts to the forecast changes, we should focus on how to invest the coast. The future fluctuation of the coast must be taken into account in any long-term project and compels to make strategic choices. We choose to develop two positions about the rise of the water.
The defensive position on Kystagerparken with a Nautic Center and public facilities
Kystagerparken, is a 24-hectare park which forms the western boundary of the Bay of Kalveboderne. It is the result of land reclamation, it now has a natural character with a low, dense vegetation.Our posture would be to strengthen the existing structures and to reinforce them with a new defense system, which allows managing water courses while claiming a landscape continuity and enhancing the bay by the development of recreational, sporting and cultural areas. The project is thought as a dumb mass put in balance on various volumes which creates a void beneath it. The upper chamber is made of stained concrete cast on location and tinged in the mass, outside and inside, to make the structure more visible and express itself. The used materials for the ground floor are aluminum and iridescent white ceramic. Those have a dialogue with the close context and the particular light of Scandinavia by reflecting their changeable aspect and by conferring on the space an immaterial and abstract identity. This way, the seemingly floating box, 2.80m from the ground, creates a horizontal window open on the landscape near the harbor and the distant landscape, the sea.
Assimilation & fallback with a Data Center Tower
The lands of Kalvebod Faelled, on the island of Amager compose the limit of the Bay of Kalveboderne. These are the result of a blocking with sand made during World War II.To anticipate the rise in waters in a mutable territory we imagine a program which corresponds to waiting and watching. The hybridization of two programs (data center, laboratories) gives to the building its physical and digital sanctuary identity. It’s a place where knowledge is shared and transmitted. This tower becomes a retreat for researchers, students and any other person wishing to live a unique experience. The project offers a limited ground grip, so as to distort the least possible the fragile territory in which it is anchored. It occupies a 25 meter square. The building idea meets the simplicity with which the spaces are designed. A concrete base allows anchoring the project in its territory, like a post. In its lower part, it allows to keep the rest of the building out of water. In the rest of the building, it includes in its thickness technical spaces and vertical flows. A light metal structure is stapled on the periphery of the crown and supports digital storage arrays, whose floors’ gratings make free cooling ventilation possible. This thickness is used as an external insulation to regulate the indoor heat of the building. The center of the project is made of a floor box whose loads are distributed on the four sides of the wearer coronation concrete. From these interior spaces, on the different sides of the building, we can contemplate the far and close landscape through large openings.