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Copenhagen becomes even greener with the opening of the Opera Park. Located right by the harbourfront and The Royal Danish Opera, the park combines improved car parking with blooming and diverse planting while accommodating climate changes and increasing urban livability.
The city’s new public green space, the Opera Park, will open in the heart of Copenhagen, the 27h of October, 2023. The park has a unique location, situated right next to The Royal Danish Opera and the Copenhagen Harbourfront. It will include six gardens representing different places in the world, where visitors will experience trees, plants and flowers from all over the world, which have been carefully selected for their colour variation throughout the year. The park was built by the Operaparkfonden with a donation from A.P. Møller and wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation for general purposes.
The park has been designed to accommodate the many people who every year visit the Opera, which includes both cyclists and people arriving by car or public transportation. A car parking facility with space for 300 cars has been constructed under the ground, while the top part of the park embraces the need for public green breathing spots by the harbourfront in a city with great building activity.
The public opening of the park will take place at 2 PM on Friday the 27th of October in the park’s greenhouse and includes different activities.
Designed by the renowned Danish architecture firm COBE, the Opera Park is inspired by Copenhagen’s Romantic parks, such as the Botanical Gardens and the Frederiksberg Gardens. The park will feature a vast variety of trees, bushes, plants, and flowers combined with winter pavilions, niches, and winding paths. A greenhouse with an integrated café will be the heart of the park, and from here, the park’s paths and streams branch off. The park also includes a stair and a sloping plateau connecting the park directly with the water. This is based in evidence studies that concludes that classical gardens shaped with winding paths, defined views and a natural scenography have a healing effect on stress-related health issues.
Designed with a focus on climate resilient solutions, the park deals with challenges of extreme fluctuation of the waterline by using floodable surfaces creating an ever-changing shoreline. Moreover, the park will work as a complex water cycle of infiltration, evaporation, drainage, run-off, delay, and storage of water to handle both extreme rain and drought.
The park's landscape plan uses a wide palette of plant species, which contributes to a high biodiversity and entails the park as a habitat for a multitude of birds and insects throughout the year.