The City of Copenhagen created a new pedestrian space when it routed traffic around the renovated Kongens Nytorv in 2004-05.
The last time the city's biggest square underwent thorough renovation was around 1850, and since then the tooth of time and modern traffic have left their mark. "Krinsen" - the two rings of elms, the garden, and the equestrian statue of Christian V - was replanted and repaved in the early 1990s. The trees had to be felled at the end of the decade because of Dutch elm disease and were replaced by two rings of lindens. In 2004, work began on repaving the entire area, from "Krinsen" to the facades of the surrounding buildings.
Today Kongens Nytorv is paved with nearly a million new granite stones quarried on the island of Bornholm and in Sweden. On most of the square, the stones have been laid in a distinctive harlequin pattern.
Instead of laying out a traditional sidewalk, pedestrian paths are denoted with larger stones that follow the shape of the space. Special electrical outlets that can be pulled up as needed were installed in 19 places in the paving to improve facilities for outdoor cafés and cultural events.
Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014