marshall blecher & studio fokstrot have unveiled a system of floating islands for copenhagen that seeks to provide a new type of public space for the city’s harbor. designed as a sort of parkipelago, the copenhagen islands will be open and free to be used by boaters, fishermen, kayakers, stargazers, swimmers, or just anyone that wants to be outside.

marshall blecher & studio fokstrot unveil a system of floating islands for copenhagen

 

 

the copenhagen islands by marshall blecher & studio fokstrot are an ecosystem of their own and feature endemic plants, trees and grass above the water, providing a habitat for beds and insects. underwater, anchor points give seaweeds, fish and mollusks a new home. the islands offer a constantly changing, generous green space in the center of the city, hinting at a new type of climate resilient urbanism. the floating structures are inherently flexible in their use and use materials that are both sustainable and recycled.

marshall blecher & studio fokstrot unveil a system of floating islands for copenhagen

 

 

for the construction of the copenhagen islands, traditional wooden boat building techniques will be used. they will be moved seasonally between underutilized and newly-developed parts of the harbor, catalyzing both life and other activities.

marshall blecher & studio fokstrot unveil a system of floating islands for copenhagen

 

 

the first prototype island CPH-Ø1 was first launched in 2018, becoming immediately a popular feature in the harbor and winning many design prizes. the 25m2 platform features a 6m linden tree growing at its center and was constructed by hand using traditional wood techniques in the boatbuilding yards of copenhagen’s south harbor.

 

the copenhagen islands is a not-for-profit initiative supported by københavns kommune and og havn and den gode havneliv.

marshall blecher & studio fokstrot unveil a system of floating islands for copenhagen

 

 

project info:

 

name: copenhagen islands

design: marshall blecher & studio fokstrot

aerial photographs: airflix

visualizations: MIR