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Utterslev Square

Utterslev marketplace and village pond were originally a centre for farmers in the village of Utterslev.

In restoring Utterslev's marketplace, the idea has been to re-create a unifying entity for residents of the area. On the architects' part, and in accordance with a wish expressed by the Femkanten Neighbourhood Facelift Scheme, the project is an attempt to lend unity to the market place in architectural terms; to synthesize its various functions into a cohesive whole, based on its history, the urban space and the green areas. The village of Utterslev has existed since the 1300s and originally consisted of farms based around the pond. Sokkelundlille was constructed in 1770 as a hunting lodge for the Danish king, Christian VII, and Utterslev Church was consecrated in 1960. Sokkelundlille, located in the middle of the market place, currently functions as a children's cultural centre, Utterslev Church has been given a new parvis, and the village pond has been revamped. The sense of cohesion around the market place has been created with the help of gravel walkways, grass lawns and new trees, supplemented with new lighting and benches.

Activities

"There are Siberian Crabapple trees in bloom here, an inscrutable rock garden, twining hedges, a distinct church square and a tree standing right in the middle of a path. Next year there will also be lawns with crocuses in season; and benches made of steel and unpainted timber are far from being 'bum proof'. Here you can grab a nap in the sun, sit and chat, or jump around, if you're three." Thus wrote the architectural reviewer Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup at the time Utterslev Torv opened, and the marketplace has garnered much praise since.

The east side of the square offers facilities for market days as well as parking. At the initiative of the residents, a number of parking spaces have been decommissioned in order to recover a greater area for outdoor activities. Utterslev Market Place offers a great framework for residents of the neighbourhood to make active use of it for local citizen-led initiatives such as open-air market trading and game days-not to mention the annual recurrence of the "rubbish collecting competition" for the children in the area.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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