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.

Background
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. 



    • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
      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

    • 11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
      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.

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