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

    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.


    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:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,531 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample