Copenhagen, Denmark

Rich in history, the city has in recent times become a worldwide trendsetter in many aspects, especially architecture.

Named European Green Capital 2014. Most notably for outstanding town planning and for it's commitment to encourage 50% of the population to ride a bike to work or school. As well as having a bold goal to become carbon neutral by 2025. 

Copenhagen is simply an inspiring city.

The following are 4 of Copenhagen's most inspiring Green Roofs.

Novo Nordisk Head Office- Bagsværd

  • Construction Architect- Henning Larsen Architects
  • Landscape Architect- SLA
  • Built- 2012
  • 6 story Office Building
  • 31,000m2 grounds surrounding building designed to mock typical Danish Woodland. Partly Intensive Green Roof covering basement carpark. Varying substrate depth (30-100cm). Rainwater is collected and used to irrigate grounds.
  • Extensive Green Roofs 30' angle. Substate depth of 15cm. Also irrigated.

A guided tour by Torben Hoffman from leading Danish green roof supplier Byggros gave great insight into the make up of the Green Roofs.

Plain to see why this project was awarded the Scandinavian Green Roof Award 2014.

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8 House - Ørestad

  • Architect- Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Built-2009
  • 475 Residential units as well as ground floor commercial
  • Bow shaped design with 500m2 of communal space in centre
  • Apartments designed for maximum sun light and natural ventilation
  • 2 extensive Green Roofs. Total area 1700 m2. Strategically facing sun to minimise urban heat island effect. Rainwater collected and re-purposed.

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The Mountain- Ørestad

  • Architect- Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Built- 2007
  • 80 Residential Apartments cover top story (inclining from ground floor in south east corner of building to 10th floor in the north west). Apartments make up 1/3 of the building use. Car park below apartments make up 2/3 of building use.
  • Every apartment opens onto a roof terrace facing south to maximise natural light
  • Each Roof terraces has a big planter boxes which are planted with different plant species for asthetic purposes
  • Rain water is collected and used in automated drip irrigation system

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ØsterGro- Østerbro

Urban Farming... 4 stories high.

ØsterGro is a community maintained Rooftop Urban Farm in the inner Copenhagen suburb of Østerbro. In its previous life the building was a car auction facilty. The rooftop was built to store vehicles. Some forward thinking, inspiration from a similar project in New York, and help from Green Roof industry professionals has brought new life to this roof top.

It is now a thriving 600m2 vegtable garden, complete with a chicken coup and small restaurant. Importantly the garden is maintained by a community group. Members who put time and money into the garden are rewarded with produce.

ØsterGro provides vegtables and eggs for local residents. 

ØsterGro provides inspiration for Rooftop Urban Farming worldwide.

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