ØK Roof Terrace

Transforming a roof terrace into a green space for social connection

Client: Øresundskollegiet
Our role: Concept development, Community engagement
Team: SLA, Øresundskollegiet, arki_lab
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Year: 2020 - 2021
Status: Ongoing

Designed through a collaboration between arki_lab, SLA Architects, and the residents of Øresundskollegiet, a terrace which connects the dormitory blocks has begun to undergo a transformation that will create a natural framework for more social opportunities across the community. A 160-meter-long concrete roof terrace built in the 1970s will be converted into a green 'SocialSpine' with greenhouse, study places, outdoor kitchen, a communal garden and lots of greenery. Part of the idea behind the new terrace is to further increase the biodiversity around the dormitory; 350 trees, shrubs, and plants will be planted within the space. Throughout the process, arki_lab has conducted workshops and analysis in order to gather insights from the community - a guiding feature to the terrace’s transformation.

Øresundskollegiet currently houses 1,500 residents, existing as a small village of young people with diverse backgrounds and ambitions. In 2021, Øresund College will also transition to a general college, meaning that from August, the City of Copenhagen can assign socially disadvantaged young people to dormitory housing. 

Collages and renderings are property of SLA. 

      We strive to use the Sustainable Development Goals as a structuring framework for our projects. This is how this project contributes to a more sustainable future

      Spaces that are designed in the context of communities are more sustainable spaces.

    • 15 LIFE ON LAND
      The increase of greenery and biodiversity makes for a more organic and resilient ecosystem, even within cities.

    Share this Project