Industrial zones and business parks are often associated with large-scale uniform buildings and vast asphalt surfaces, facilitating parking and infrastructure. Today these urban typologies, with their roots in modernist urban planning, are ubiquitous and line the periphery of most cities. The mono-functionality of these areas often apply to landscape as well as buildings, and as a result natural wildlife can easily be suppressed by lack of access to suitable habitats.
Henning Larsen Architects
The landscape design for the headquarters of pharmaceutical companyNovo Nordisk is inspired by the Scandinavian forests and hilly dead-icetopography, supporting a wide variation of natural biotopes in variousways. The planting plan shows a wide palette of native plants and hasmore than 1,000 new trees which over time will grow into clearly definedsmall ’forests’ and self-regulating biotopes. The park promotes vegetation,which evolves with natural succession and seasons, and dead trees areintegrated parts of the landscape design, with the purpose of increasingthe biodiversity and strengthen the park's natural ecosystem, creatingnew habitats for bugs, fungi and larger animals. They also provide thepark with the smell of natural decay and thereby a direct confrontationwith the aesthetics of nature and its ecosystem.
The trees were hand-picked by the designers in specially selected nurseriesbefore composed in relation to their natural habitat, their shape, theirvolume and in relation to the local microclimate to maximize shelter forthe users of the park and for the office buildings. The trees also help toabsorb all rainwater that falls on site. Depressions are planted with aldertrees and other water tolerant species in order to contribute to the park'sambitious climate adaption design. The landscape holds a 100% waterbalance, which means that all rainwater falling in the area and on thebuildings is collected and reused for irrigation of the park’s many largetrees and diverse vegetation. The biodiversity of the park is being monitored and new species has been found there. Also the park has becomea recreational destination for employees, visitors and local residents.
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