A romantic backyard addressing at this time’s challenges. In 2019, following a design competitors, The A.P. Møller Basis appointed the Danish structure studio Cobe to design a brand new park at a former industrial island in Copenhagen’s interior harbor. Positioned subsequent to The Royal Danish Opera, the location had been a modest inexperienced garden for the reason that completion of the Opera practically 20 years in the past. Totally reworked at this time, the island which was in any other case prime for creating new housing, is now house to a various and pure panorama. Named The Opera Park, this new public harbor-front park creates a inexperienced counterpoint to Copenhagen’s in any other case densely constructed interior harbor.
The park, with the dimensions of three soccer fields, consists of six gardens from varied components of the world: the North American Forest, the Danish Oak Forest, the Nordic Forest, the Oriental Backyard, the English Backyard, and the Subtropical Backyard housed inside a greenhouse and atrium at its middle. The varied gardens maintain surprises comparable to a fountain, a water lily pond, and a reflecting pool the place drops of water from a mast gently strike the water’s floor in a soothing rhythm. Meandering paths and organically formed flowerbeds knit collectively the park’s components.
A year-round oasis, setting the stage for every kind of life. Designed to be an inviting, all-year-round public attraction, the park options at least 628 bushes, 80,000 herbaceous perennials and bushes, and 40,000 bulb crops, from all world wide. In whole, 223 distinctive unique and native species present a vibrant and ever-changing backdrop for guests. The vegetation’s look, scent, shade, and density fluctuate with the seasons. Spring blooms in a wealthy shade palette, summer season brings varied shades of inexperienced, autumn showcases purple and yellow tones, and winter is dominated by evergreen pine bushes and frozen ponds. The big variety of plant species and variety of sizes present a wealthy atmosphere for birds and bugs to search out meals and shelter.
A greenhouse on the coronary heart. Along with the gardens, the park encompasses a central greenhouse with a restaurant́, giving entry to automobile parking beneath the park’s floor. The greenhouse is designed as an organically formed glass construction with a hovering roof, meant to shock and delight guests as they navigate the plush panorama. The greenhouse and café will be sure that Opera Park stays a vibrant vacation spot year-round, even throughout winter when a lot of Copenhagen’s parks are desolate. Inside, the greenhouse terraces all the way down to the parking ranges, which accommodate as much as 300 vehicles, whereas its subtropic biotope additionally descends to vertically weave collectively the park with the underground ranges.
A coated connection to the Opera. The park additionally encompasses a coated connection to the adjoining Royal Danish Opera through a coated walkway atop a landscaped bridge, permitting a weather-protected hyperlink between the parking facility and the Opera. Echoing the structure of the greenhouse, the walkway’s curved glass and floating roof evoke the panorama design in its meandering path. As considered one of three bridges to the island, the connection is designed as a chunk of nature crossing the harbor canal, totally integrating panorama and structure into one.
Benefitting from rain and solar. Rainwater is taken into account a helpful useful resource for the park, channeled from the roof of the Royal Danish Opera into underground water reservoirs used for greenhouse irrigation. Pathways are designed with a permeable gravel floor, and extra rainwater is collected in rain beds for infiltration and evaporation. The inexperienced roofs of the landscaped bridge and greenhouse seize and delay the discharge of rainwater to the location whereas additionally serving as a meals supply for the park’s fauna. Photo voltaic panels on the Opera’s roof present energy to the underground parking facility, the park, and the greenhouse. The park’s chosen supplies are sturdy and totally recyclable, whereas the abundance of bushes and plantings protect towards sturdy winds coming from the harbor and the ocean, decreasing turbulence and rising the extent of consolation for park customers. Moreover, the elevated terrain safeguards the island from flooding throughout heavy rainfall and vital rises within the harbor water degree.