This Danish park's a winner

Superkilen is a series of public spaces in a deprived immigrant area of the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Superkilen is a series of public spaces in a deprived immigrant area of the Danish capital Copenhagen.PHOTO: REUTERS

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES • An urban park in Denmark promoting tolerance between immigrants and local residents was among winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture on Monday.

The US$1-million (S$1.4-million) prize is awarded every three years to honour architectural projects that address the needs of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence.

Superkilen, a series of public spaces in a deprived immigrant area of the Danish capital Copenhagen, was designed as an outdoor meeting place for people of 60 nationalities living in the area - including many refugees.

Islamic-themed sculptures and skateboard ramps are a feature of the urban park.

The six winners were chosen by an independent jury of architectural experts appointed by the Aga Khan Foundation, named after the wealthy leader of the Ismaili branch of Shi'ite Islam.

This year's six winners also included the Hutong Children's Library and Art Centre in Beijing, China; the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in Teheran, Iran.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2016, with the headline 'This Danish park's a winner'. Print Edition | Subscribe