Copenhagen's Unusual Solution For Graffiti-Covered Building
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital and largest city not only consistently makes the list for its amazing quality of life, but also, for being one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities, dotted with lots of open spaces and parks. However, just as in any urban area, the city has its shares of vandals - In this case, graffiti artists. One particular eyesore, was the children's playground pavilion located in the city's Central park.
That was until Danish architectural firm MLRP came up with this unusual idea of turning it around it around from a drab normal building into a fun interactive structure - One that has become the pride and joy of the neighborhood!
To create Mirror Pavilion, the architects lined the elongated sides of the building with a facade made from planks of charred wood. Looming behind? All kinds of surprises from restrooms to flexible spaces that can be used for activities. To make it even more fun, the doors parallel to the facade are fitted with convex and concave polished steel sheets, so that adults and children can spend hours, enjoying their distorted images.
The two sides of the building are also encased with stainless steel sheets, that reflect the surrounding gardens and landscapes so beautifully that the building seems to meld right into the park. Come nighttime, the magical building can be covered with protective shutters and turned back into the anonymous structure, it once used to be.
The best part is, the architects and the Municipality of Copenhagen are not done yet. They are next going to work on a footbridge across the lake that will feature twisted ropes and other fun things. Also, in the works, is the makeover of another existing building into a traffic playground - A collection of colorful structures that will house a faux bakery, post office and theater for kids to play in.