This green roof was built in 2009 and is situated on the new National Archives building at the corner of Bernstorffsgade and Kalvebod Brygge street in Copenhagen. It covers an area of 7200 m2 and includes pedestrian paths, bicycle paths and benches sheltered from the wind by walls of plant vines (pictures 1-4). There are around 15 plant species planted that aesthetically enhance the view from offices of the National Archive as well as from the hotel Wake Up. These plants are Virginia creeper vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) which changes colour from green to red in autumn in photo#5, sedums like kamtschaticum in photo#11 and wild strawberries in photo#6. The green roof is located between two walls of buildings which blocks the city hum as well as its size, it is an ideal place for those who want peace and quiet whether its reading a book, working on their notebook or sunbathing on those rare warm occasions in Denmark.
The green roof flows into a serpentine urban park, where skaters and extreme cyclists already have taken their spot. The last picture in the gallery is a terrace with a gap space that was specifically created for a tree that was planted under it. This smart solution provides space for integrating nature into otherwise cold and lifeless concrete, metal and glass surroundings.
This green roof is financially supported by Copenhagen's new green roof law that obliges any roof with inclination up to 30 degrees, whether new or refurbishment of old building, to be green. Estimates say that there are around 375,000 m2 of suitable roof space for greening, which is one of many baby steps Copenhagen is taking in an ambitious quest : to be the first capital in the world to achive carbon neutrality by year 2025!