Successful urban spaces are plentiful in Copenhagen. But what is it that makes nearly every block in the city have such a vibrant and lively outdoor environment? What I have noticed is that spaces are treated as pieces of a city puzzle. Not every place has every possible function occurring. They are treated as a segment of a bigger picture, respecting that is already working well just around the corner.
This fun square is in the neighbourhood of Nørrebro is such a piece. It simply hosts a slide for children to play on. Perfectly positioned and scaled it fits into it’s location. The square draws children from across the neighbourhood to come slide and mingle. It doesn’t offer everything you might need in a public space. But what it does offer, it does a wonderful job at.
This puzzle piece approach also results in species that are not overtly dedicated to one user group. While children laugh, slide and have fun you can also find adults reading a newspaper or chatting with friend. Un phased that they are occupying a playground.