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Købmagergade

Købmagergade has been relieved of its patched asphalt mosaic and has now got a new stumble-free surface.

Købmagergade is one of Copenhagen's busiest shopping streets, and for a long time its shabby pavement has been the city's guilty conscience. There was a time, when stiletto-heeled ladies from all over the world, shuffling teenagers and people with walking difficulties could easily fall on their face in the middle of rush hour, if a broken tile or patch of asphalt happened to be poking up in their path. This kind of discomfort will soon be a thing of the past, when the whole of Købmagergade, including Kultorvet and Trinitatis Kirkeplads at the Round Tower, is given a new, seamless paving, which will allow the flow of people to move freely from shop to shop.

Narrative route

The route starts at Nørreport Station, where the granite stone of the pavement is completely light in colour. As one moves down towards Kultorvet, the stone gets darker, and finally on Kultorvet the pavement is completely dark. At Trinitatis Kirkeplads the colour changes once again from light to dark. So the stones help to highlight differences in the urban space: not with changes in levels and types of stone, but with a graphic colour coding in smooth transitions.

Trinitatis Kirkeplads has been fitted with LED lights in the pavement, an artificial starry sky on earth in recollection of the former observatory in the Round Tower. Kultorvet's paving also refers to the past. Here the paving changes to a more serious character as a reference to the original trade in coal. Hauser Plads, above the Cleaning Department is also included in the project. Here there is a completely different atmosphere: a green oasis with a playground provides a bit of peace in the middle of the commercial hustle and bustle.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 / By Ida Oline Frandsen

Last updated Thursday, July 10, 2014