”Water is considered a resource and a way to increase lushness, biodiversity, and possibilities for recreation”
In 2014, Kragh&Berglund and our partners DOMUS, URBAN POWER, and MOE won the architectural competition for “The Brøndby Strand Parks of the Future.” For this purpose, the team developed a comprehensive and ambitious design manual for all of Brøndby Strand Parkerne as well as Strandesplanaden – an area that is both lush and full of urban qualities, but also faces several challenges.
The design manual consisted of 4 principal strategies for the landscape that address the area’s challenges and bring it enduring value. The strategies were based on registrations, input from focus groups and a comprehensive involvement process for the residents of the area.
Firstly, we designed four new squares that will serve as the hinges of the are and its new face towards the city; a place where everyone can meet regardless of how they arrived. The squares will be open enough to change to spatial orientation and challenge the area’s homogeneity.
Secondly, a continuous level-free connection is constructed throughout the area – a passage gathering cyclists and pedestrians on the same level by the squares and leading them on to the buildings, recreational areas, playgrounds etc.
Thirdly water is considered a resource and a way to increase lushness, biodiversity, and possibilities for recreation. Paved areas are cut back to make way for planted ones that allow rainwater to seep into the ground or be redirected towards Esplanadeparken, where it will form a rainwater park.
Finally, the recreational areas need to be closer, and traffic tunnels are transformed into exciting green spaces, while access to the park is provided via the new squares. A high-quality bike path connects the arrival areas, the park, and the train station.
In their assessment of the plan, the judges described the project’s proposal for a rainwater management as “the most ambitious in the competition and as exemplary in its approach to urban climate proofing and the generation of new urban development.”
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