Risa Nagasaki

TIME-BASED LANDSCAPE | Copenhagen, Denmark | Unit 21 | 2014

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Typologically, Copenhagen is a collection of lands reclaimed from water.  Copenhagen is known as the “Venice of the North”.  The project is essentially a proposal for the future of Copenhagen.  Proposing how the city may expand on water reclaiming land and retaining the water.  The project proposes time-based landscape as an extension of the city of Copenhagen, bridging two sides of the water.  The proposal also contributes to the infrastructure of the city connecting and providing harbour bus stop.  The main bridge can open up and the floating bar can float away to widen the harbour access.

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The landscape is time-based which transforms with seasons and tidal changes.  There are two typologies, floating and fixed where the floating elements transform the landscape accordingly to the need and the season.  The time-based landscape sits on the water, connecting the Royal Danish Playhouse and the Royal Opera house.  Certain areas are accessible during low tide creating different experience to the visitors. The landscape also offers outdoor stages for various opera productions and theatres.  There are couples of auditoriums.  The main auditorium can rotate to fit various conditions for flexible stages on water, or temporary stages on the core.  A smaller auditorium is designed for Rusalka, Czech opera based on a similar story of the little mermaid.  The stages for Rusalka consist of two stages for Act 1&3, and for Act 2.  The stages are designed with specific materials to represent each act.  Act 1 & 3 are set on a meadow in which the stage is designed by rough stone texture surrounded by timber logs to represent the forest.  Act 2 is set on a castle represented by red brick material for the facades and copper for the roof structures.

 

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There are other platforms, and structures, which are designed to offer flexible usage for potential and temporary stages and outdoor events.  The project is based on the concept of discovering over time.  So the time-based landscape offers various experiences to the visitors depending on the program of the opera and the performance, the tidal change, and the season.  It is a landscape which camouflages almost as the solid land of Copenhagen and can only be discovered as collection of elements that come together through magical calligraphy, as circulation link, when one walks on the walkways, connecting two sides of the water, or when one lies on the floating park, realises the subtleness of the scheme.

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