Copenhagen, a picturesque city nestled in the heart of Scandinavia, is getting a new addition to its harbor. CPH-Ø1, the name given to the first of nine islands that will make up what has been dubbed a parkipelago, is setting sail on the city’s waters in an attempt to create more public spaces in the city.
The floating islands were designed by Australian architect Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg from the Danish design studio Fokstrot. Each ‘island,’ dubbed CPH-Ø1, is just 215 square feet (20 square meters) and consists of a five-sided wooden platform that is hand-made from locally sourced and sustainable materials.
The islands will be open for everyone to ‘explore and conquer,’ as the project’s website says, and will be particularly special for the increasing number of kayakers, sailors, and fisherman in Copenhagen’s harbor.
Each floating island, albeit relatively small, has room to accommodate a living linden tree and a few kayakers. Blecher and Maabjerg have designed nine islands, which are they are calling a “Parkipelago,” for the harbor. They envision that each island will host either a sauna, performance venue, a garden, a sail-in café, a diving board, and even a mussel farm.
“It was developed to introduce life and activity to Copenhagen’s rapidly developing harbour and to bring back some of the whimsy that has been lost in its development,” Blecher told Dezeen. He believes CPH-Ø1 can be used as a resting place for kayakers and swimmers, a place for sunbathing, fishing, and even for small-sized events. Later this month, the island will host a lecture series about the future of harbor cities.
The parkipelago has a degree of flexibility that allows the individual islands to be clustered together in the winter or separated and sparsely placed across the lake in the summer. Over the course of the coming year, the CPH-Ø1 will be moved around the lake, open for anyone and everyone to use. The first island is currently located in Copenhagen’s Slusen, but will be moving north to Refshaleøen in the spring.
Copenhagen has been undergoing a number of changes both in and around the city. Late last year, the city opened Amager Bakke, a waste-driven power-plant that doubles as a ski slope. Copenhagen has also been working on extending public space in the city by repurposing rooftops. The rooftop of Lüders P-hus has been converted into a public play area for both children and adults to encourage the idea that public space can and should be extended across the city.