JDS architects: hedonistic rooftop penthouses
 
JDS architects: hedonistic rooftop penthouses JDS architects: hedonistic rooftop penthouses
apr 10, 2012

JDS architects: hedonistic rooftop penthouses

the elmegade district is one of the most populated areas of inner nørrebro in copenhagen. the particular section of birkegade / egegade / elmegade in this area of the city is a triangular block of buildings with a very high density, where there is a close to non-existent courtyard available for enjoyment. belgian firm JDS architects was asked to design three penthouses on top of the development’s co-owned buildings. they decided to use the roof of their envisioned structure, to create that ‘missing garden’ for its community of owners.


a green hill backed with real grass is incorporated into the rooftop design

 

 

through the process, JDS looked at the typology of the garden space in copenhagen and found that it characteristically has an associated / dual functionality. with this in mind, they have devised a hedonistic rooftop which offers the added programs of a playground with a shock-absorbing surface and suspension bridge, a green hill which is seeded with real grass and vegetation, an lookout viewing platform, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, and wooden deck. the goal of this new open-air expanse is to optimize what the site has to offer, through a communal area for the co-op’s residents.


a lookout point offers one views of copenhagen


a wooden deck provides an alternative resting space


general view of the rooftop’s sloping structure and penthouses


the outdoor space offers a playground with a shock-absorbing surface


general view of the playground


view from penthouse level


entrance to one of the penthouses


general view of one of the penthouse’s living spaces


panoramic and floor to ceiling windows offer extensive views of the surrounding cityscape


‘hedonistic rooftop penthouses’ at dusk


site plan


programmatic diagrams

  • kids like to climb – looks tragic to me!

    jill says:
  • Jill, … Bad news for families ! jajajaja
    It looks that it\’s a kool building for kool families made by a kool architect … who doesn\’t have children …

    Antuand says:
  • great, good solutions
    nice outdoor spaces
    i loved the shapes and colors
    congratulations

    sparola says:
  • @ Jill and Antuand

    What rubbish about the architect not having children, I can see balustrades all around.

    This is an excellent use of space and a genuine response to an urban condition. My kids would love to have a space like this.

    I am very sorry for your children who only ever get to play in large open spaces with no water (they might drown), no equipment (you might fall from it) and no fun (it dangerous). You probably wouldn\’t even take your children to the beach (they may be taken by a shark!)

    Here\’s a thought – take notice that the fencing is higher than the child and supervise them.

    And while you\’re at it take time to re-assess your idea of responsible parenting, its about being there and encouraging imaginative activity in engaging spaces and environments (which this is) – not about denying them experience and covering them in cotton wool so you don\’t have to watch them (if they start to climb the fence) and direct them (to get down)

    grow up! – this is an excellent project – hats off to JDS architects

    I have children and I love it! says:
  • PS – I love the way the sink is used as a little potting station.

    Another example of how this is an engaging well thought out project that adds something positive to the lives of the inhabitants.

    Bravo!

    I have children and I love it! says:
  • Fin ide JDS! Great use of space; pity it isn’t developed in more cities d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • It\’s very interesting, but i think it\’s dangerous for childs..

    Sandra says:
  • I think people are commenting on the red thing, which does looks very scary – not too steep a slope to climb up but very steep slope on the ither to slide down and to your death…
    I’m not up for molycodling my own kids and to be honest they wouldn’t do that but some kids are craZy / unlucky.

    KG says:

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