New IKEA City Store to Creates Green Lounge in Copenhagen
Hundreds of trees, wild urban nature, and new public meeting spaces are key elements in a new IKEA Copenhagen city store. Located near the main train station, the historic Meatpacking district, and the inner-city harbor, the store is placed in an extremely busy area of the city with few green spaces offering a break from the commotion. With a new rooftop park, resting 20 meters above bustling the street and the train tracks, the new city store is adding a much-needed green space to the city. Dorte Mandrup founder and Creative Director Dorte Mandrup said “Vesterbro is a densely populated and active district of the city that only has a few green pockets and walkways available. With the new rooftop park, we want to give back a green lounge to the local community and create both intimate resting places and opportunities for spontaneous meetings. From the top of the roof, you have a beautiful undisturbed view over Vesterbro, the canal, and the inner city.”
Different native woods, shrubs, grasses, and bug hotels matching the conditions of wind, sun and shade creates a rich fauna while at the same time delaying rainwater. Not only adding a lush new park, the 150 meter roof garden will also be part of a new walking route stretching one kilometer from the southern part of Copenhagen all the way to the inner city. The new front plaza adds a green space to busy bridge Dybølsbro, running over the train tracks – an entirely new public area with café and bike parking surrounded by urban nature with public access down to a new bus terminal and up onto the park above.
The rooftop park is however not the only thing that makes IKEA Copenhagen stand out from the crowd. The design completely challenges the notion of the classic blue and yellow IKEA. Covered in greenery, the white, organic facade almost seems to be draped in wavy fabric.
Designed for convenience and inspiration inside and adding much-needed new public spaces to Vesterbro, IKEA Copenhagen serves the needs of the modern, urban consumer. With parking spaces for hundreds of bicycles, IKEA cargo-bikes available for customers and easy access for pedestrians, the new city store is tailored to the behavior of its neighbors.
IKEA Copenhagen is expected to open in the summer 2023.
Copenhagen aims to be the first carbon neutral city in the world by 2025. IKEA Copenhagen will both cater to city’s green visions for the future and be an important step in IKEAs ambitious commitment to become a circular business by 2030.