Copenhagen Islands | Studio Foxstrot

| 12 : 00 – 5 April, 2018 |


Sketch proposal for floating islands


A floating island in Copenhagen harbour that re-imagines public space in a unique way !

Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg from Studio Fokstrot launch a prototype floating island project in Copenhagen harbour. 

Architect Magnus Maarbjerg heading Danish design studio Fokstrot and Copenhagen-based Marshall Blecher have come together to infuse floating islands in the city’s harbour. The project named as ‘ Copenhagen Islands ‘ brings a new range of public spaces into the city’s harbor area. For the same a series of wooden platform/s have been proposed in an orderly way to form portable and floating islands.


Person sitting on floating island

 Aerial view of the prototype © Airflix

From the designers –

The island is the first step in the ‘Copenhagen islands’ project which will see a collection of islands floating through the city, bringing life and activity back to the former industrial harbour side. The first prototype ‘Ø1’ (after the single letter danish word for island) was recently launched and can be found floating around the south of Copenhagen harbour. It is open to the public and has so far been used for barbecuing, stargazing, winter bathing, by local fishermen, and has hosted some small events.Floor plan for Copenhagen island

Floor plan – Copenhagen island prototype


Tree around wooden deck

Centrally placed Linden tree © Kristian Emdal

The 25m2 island was constructed by hand in the boat building yards in the south harbour of Copenhagen. Using traditional wooden boat building techniques, the island features a 6m Linden tree growing at its centre. The ‘Copenhagen islands’ project will see an archipelago of similar floating wooden islands scattered around the harbour supporting various functions. A floating sauna island, floating gardens, floating mussel farms and a floating diving platform ! All could be used freely by boaters, kayakers and swimmers.

A boat tied to a floating island

Leisure time on floating island © Airflix

The clear waters of the inner city harbour are being enjoyed by thousands of people every day with water that is now clean enough to swim in and eat some fish from. ‘Copenhagen islands’ will make the most of this new paradigm. It will also  provide a totally new type of public space for people to use as they please.

View of Copenhagen city harbour

Copenhagen city harbor © Kristian Emdal

“The islands could be brought together in the wider parts of the harbour for events and festivals, or moved to catalyse activity in newly developed or underused locations” suggests the team.

Person standing on floating deck

Aerial view – Floating island © Airflix

Marshall Blecher & Fokstrot are working on a range of other projects in the harbour including a floating fish market and a floating cabin with the broader goal of reimagining the relationship between cities and the sea in a time of rapid urban development and sea level rise.

Person sitting on floating deck

Aerial view – Relaxation point © Airflix 

The prototype was built with the support of Konstfonden and Havnekultur 365. Help was also provided by SITAS (Scandinavian Instant trees), Susens Bådbyggeri and Syddjurs Savverk.

Boat tied to floating deck

 Floating deck  © Kristian Emdal

Construction detail of wooden deck

3D view – Construction of floating deck


Floating island in Copenhagen city harbour

View of floating island in harbour © Kristian Emdal


Aerial view of Copenhagen floating island

 Aerial view © Airflix 

Project details – 


Project Name – Copenhagen Islands  |

Architect firm – Marshall Blecher |, Magnus Maarbjerg – Studio Foxstrot |

Location – Copenhagen , Denmark

Project Type – Urban design, Urban/ Public space, Installation, Leisure

Completion year – March 2018

Collaborators/Assistance – Konstfonden and Havnekultur 365SITAS, Susens Bådbyggeri, Syddjurs Savverk

Photographs –  Aerial photos © Airflix | © Kristian Emdal

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