Birkegade Rooftop Penthouses

Birkegade Rooftop Penthouses, Copenhagen, Denmark, JDS Architects
Construction year: 2011
Address: Birkegade 4-6 | COPENHAGEN | Denmark
Latitude/Longitude: 55.690219, 12.558512

Optimization and utilization of the Birkegade Rooftop Penthouses. Elmegade district is probably one of the most densely populated areas of inner Nørrebro, CPH. Especially the triangular block Birkegade / Egegade / Elmegade has a very high density, which is reflected in very narrow courtyards.

And it is precisely around the cramped courtyard that the concept for BIR originates. The driving concept is to create the ‘missing garden’ at the top of the existing housing block in association with 3 new penthouses, so all residents gain access to a genuine outdoor garden.

In order to qualify ‘ the missing garden’, JDSA looked at the Copenhagen gardens, which characteristically has an associated functionality. Therefore, a rooftop garden is designed as a space of functions and an associated materiality.

This is reflected in a playground with shock-absorbing surface and a playful suspension bridge, a green hill with varying accommodation backed by real grass and durant vegetation, a viewing platform, an outdoor kitchen and barbecue, and a more quiet wood deck.

Type: Commission
Size: 900 m2
Budget: 950 000 EUR (7 000 000 DKK)
Client: A/B Birkegade
Collaborators: PLOT=JDS+BIG, EKJ
Project Team: Julien De Smedt, Jeppe Ecklon, Sandra Fleischmann, Kristoffer Harling, Francisco Villeda, Janine Tüchsen, Claudius Lange, Benny Jepsen, Andrew Griffin, Aleksandra Kiszkielis, Nikolai Sandvad, Emil Kazinski,  Bjarke Ingels, Mia Frederiksen, Nanako Ishizuka, Thomas Christoffersen, Eva Hviid, Morten Lamholdt

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