Last spring I rode by a cluster of neon signs, hovering in the middle of nowhere, way out on Nørrebro. They were fenced in, and there were no clues to what they were about. Every couple of months I would pass them, and see something more going on, like the crazy cool bike racks lining up. Eventually I learned that this is part of the monster urban lift Superkilen, and as I was reading up on it, I was shell shocked. It is like nothing anyone has ever seen before, mixing cultures and colors in a freak show of epic proportions. Yesterday I trespassed and sneaked as many pictures of the progress as I could. They are approaching the final stages of the red square (wait until you see the pictures) with the expected opening in September.
The weird thing is that I was halfway lining up to hate it. But now that I have had some time to think about it, and seen the effort to make it happen, I am warming up fast. I find that I like living in a city that makes room for red floors and rainbow colored bicycle racks.
A bicycle highway runs through it, of course, like a main artery.
Here's the floor half done, I bow to the craftsmanship involved in making this sandwich of a floor: first layer is asphalt, second layer epoxy (the Danish summer rain reaking havoc with the poor German specialists, poking a million holes in the drying floor, calling for a do-over and more sanding), then a layer of sand and the final coat of colored polyurethane.
Oh, and there is a giant Japanese octopus waiting for its close up further down the stretch.. I'm on it!
Superkilen (in Danish only)
Topotek1 (in German and English)