ØK Roof Terrace

Transforming a grey roof terrace into a green space for social connection

Client: Øresundskollegiet
Our role: Concept development, Community engagement, Client advisor
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 is being converted into a green 'Social Spine' with greenhouse, study spots, 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.
In december 2021 some of the final touches were made on the landscaping. The streetlevel at Øresundskollegiet is undergoing renovation, and trees that needed to be removed were transplanted to the rooftop terrace to be reused in the new landscape. 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. Furthermore, arki_lab has had the role of client advisor to Øresundkollegiet throughout the construction of the roof terrace landscape.

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

Collages, photos 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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