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  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • Købmagergade
  • LOCATION: COPENHAGEN, DK
  • CLIENT: COPENHAGEN MUNICIPALITY
  • SIZE: 25.000 m² CITYSCAPE REFURBISHMENT
  • YEAR: 2007
  • STATUS: COMPETITION PROPOSAL, SHARED 1st prize – CLOSED
  • ARCHITECT: CEBRA
  • LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: KRAGH & BERGLUND
  • LIGHT ARTIST: STEVEN SCOTT

In Denmark, and Copenhagen in particular, there is a tradition for extensive pedestrian areas. Whole streets or neighbourhoods are designed to function with no cars or traffic. These areas are vibrant and dynamic, especially in the summer months when shoppers, tourists and locals enjoy spending time outside or at one of the many cafes or restaurants. One of the main branches of the pedestrian street network in Copenhagen is Købmagergade, which connects three squares. But the paving was run down and in need of a coherent and exciting design idea.

We decided to use the street itself as a medium to create a giant picture that runs the entire length of the street – over one kilometre. With only four different tiles in black and white, two small and two large, we created a pixel-like system, which allows for the design of patterned surfaces and graphic symbols. The picture constantly changes according to the surroundings. For example, as the street passes the square Kultorvet (Coal Square) the picture becomes black, but as it approaches Trinitatis Church it gradually turns white and simple black crosses appear. Pedestrians can almost read and navigate from the city street as it mirrors the buildings and names of this part of the historic inner city.