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Climate change adaptation

Nature based solutions

Hothers Plads – Reshaping the spaces where we live

9. February 2023

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Niels Lützen Landskabsarkitekter

Niels Lützen Landskabsarkitekter is a Copenhagen based landscape architecture studio, that specializes in climate change adaptation and have gained great recognition for our expertise and experience with water management and nature-based solutions.

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An important part in developing the urban landscape to deal with the problems of the future climate, is the spaces where people live and have their daily lives. Instead of dealing with water management under the surface, there is potential in creating smaller and more aesthetic solutions, that can give value to residential outdoor spaces. This case unfolds in a classic Danish courtyard, where the landscape is reshaped to handle larger rain events and improve daily facilities for the residents.


A green solution

The courtyard has a minimum of grey surfaces optimizing the infiltration of rainwater. Rainwater runs from surfaces and drainpipes from the roof into smaller ditches vegetated with different perennials, bushes and meadow vegetation. The courtyard is connected by organic shapes, that flows around the main walking paths, which creates intimate spaces for gatherings and play. In addition to the rainwater management, the project includes green roofs, composting, chicken keeping and nature areas.

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A case example

Hothers Plads has had a great impact on the development of the urban landscape in relation to climate change adaptation. As being one of the first larger projects to be made in an urban context, the courtyard has attracted many visitors with different backgrounds and from various parts of the world.

Green and livable spaces

In the smaller scale this case has increased the wellbeing of the residents, giving them improved daily facilities such as composition as well as creating inviting spaces for gatherings, playing and aesthetic nature pockets.