Copenhagen, DK


Israels Plads

The history of Israels Plads reflects the history of Copenhagen’s transformations. This central plaza was once where the city ended in a ring of protective fortifications. As the city gradually extended, the plaza became a vibrant market square – until the 50s, when it was turned into a lifeless carpark. With the renovation the idea is to celebrate the significance and the history of Israels Plads and revitalize it, turning it into a vibrant, diverse plaza for all kinds of people and activities. The surface of the new plaza is elevated above the existing street like a new urban carpet. It hovers over the many cars that used to dominate Israels Plads and are now placed in the basement.

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Status: Built
Location: Copenhagen, DK
Additional Credits: Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Client: City of Copenhagen
Program: Urban plaza with underground car park
Size: 12,500 m2
Status: 1st prize in competition 2008, completion 2014
Collaborators: Sweco Architects, Niras, Professor Morten Stræde, Barslev
Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Caroline Nagel, Morten Emil Engel, Therese Wallstrøm, Jens Wagner, Tobias Mürsch, Christian Sander