walking in the city
The project is a proposal for a new landscape and settlement strategy for a 90,000 sqm large area of Assistants Cemetery - Copenhagen, planed, by city authorites, in 2020 to be converted into a park.
In the new proposal, qualities and characteristics of the cemetery are forwarded and developed into a new city- and park space that in is something other than a traditional park.
The project revolves around the idea of public space, and the cemetery as an urban space with a special type of publicity that is important to maintain and strengthen in the future.
In the programme, the area is divided into equal fields, one of which is freely available around the clock and the second follows Assistens Cemetery current opening hours.
Parallel to this division a number of individual buildings, with different features and functions are scattered throughout the area. The buildings are follies (read more below) and a chosen number of these is shown below.
An extensive model material is omitted.
Søren Oskar Duvald, Pétur Örn Eyjólfsson, Mads Alleslev Larsen
A folly is a building type that has its origins in the romantic landscape architecture from the 17th century onwards. The word "folly" is French and means madness.
Follies are basically buildings of an evocative, associative character, rather than buildings with an actual function. The buildings often have a function that has been lost, or a secondary function, and in other cases buildings created solely for the purpose of being the center of a special attention.
The folly is rooted in "the other", the unknown, the unexpected. Because the folly is basically empty, or has no function, it opens itself as a balance between architecture and program between the built and the actual application.