Site: Ørestad syd, Denmark
Area: 25.000 m2
Status: Realized 2009′

PLUG N PLAY

A dream comes true for Martin Coops from the parkour team after having seen the drawings for the future Plug N Play area in Ørestad Syd where the world’s first parkour park will be established. By & Havn has allocated an area of 25,000 m² in Ørestad Syd which is to be developed from 2009-2014 as a laboratory where it will be possible to establish, develop and test new forms of culture and sport in the urban space, including parkour.
The world’s first parkour park

The Parkour Park has been designed in close co-operation between Kragh&Berglund and team JIYO. Martin Coops from JiYo explains that JiYo means”FREEDOM IN MOVEMENT”. Freedom in movement is exactly how the team wants to characterise the activity in and the environment of the park. ”With the creation of the Parkour Park we wish to create the best environment to enable as many as possible to express themselves and develop freely, mentally as well as physically. Thereby we also wish to indicate that the Parkour Park is not only for parkour athletes (traceurs), free runners and tricksters, but for all with a creative and playful mind and the will to be free – to be movement!” The team estimates that the park will attract parkour athletes to Copenhagen from all over the world.

Copenhagen’s new big sports park

The Plug N Play area is a concept based on the philosophy of being able to plug different activities onto an already existing infrastructure with water, electricity and facilities such as containers and lighting. The proposal includes a high degree of urbanity and coarseness, among other things reflected in the integrating north-south running footpath system. The pedestrian area and the street as the central motif are designed by the activities connected during the process. The interaction between the various users and activities strengthen the experience of the multi-functional area.

The footpath system change occasionally from narrow paths into broader areas to become squares for rest/leisure for the user. Containers, common activities are placed in the pedestrian area which also contains electricity, water and the possibility to store equipment. The street is paved with large in-situ cast paving stones in light concrete consisting of 2 x 1 metre modules which can be moved and adjusted to the individual activities.

The strength of the proposal is that during the next 3 years it can be tailored and changed on an ongoing basis as and when new clubs and new forms of culture and sport in the urban space sign up.

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