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Application Number 0000701500
Author Psyllidis, Achilleas , Greece
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Work title: Living Fold_scape (0000701500)

The study site is situated in Augustenborg located in the Sønderborg area, which is one of the southernmost municipalities in Denmark, separated from Germany only by the Flensburg Fjord. It currently consists of two diverse territories, which are united but at the same time separated by the fjord. This matter of diversity becomes more intense by the varying characters that constitute each one of these territories. More specifically, the study site consists of three areas: the Nordhavn (the northern harbour), the marina and the embankment. The harbour area on the northern side covers an area of about 16.000 m2, while the area on the southern side is about 80.000 m2 large and the embankment about 7.500 m2. The whole site currently seems fragmented, with a dense urban conglomeration and spaces that remain unused after the discontinuation of harbour and industrial activities. Taking into account all the above facts, the main goal of the proposal is to create a folded cityscape which will unify the various urban elements that differ from one another, into a holistic intervention in space within a fluid logic. The fold addresses not only the natural (ground) or urban relief morphology but also the building structure itself. It is the place where topological mutations occur. Under this concept, the whole study site is, at first, being perceived as a unified plane ‘field’, which carries both public and private activities, but also the green elements and the diverse circulation routes (pedestrian routes, bicycle routes, sailing, car traffic). This plane ‘field’, is ‘projected’ onto the study area as a layer that totally covers it up. Going further, the layer starts to ‘agitate’, forming folds on the existing ground, thus creating a new dynamic of space, but also providing the area with a new scale. The urban ground, through this dynamic process – just like a geological mutation – drastically transforms its geometry, acquiring ‘fissures’ in particular places, which are mostly formed by stretching existing lines of the urban fabric. In this way, a new game of repeated raisings and abasements, as well as a continuous unfolding and folding of the land emerges, which gradually starts to carry programmatic functions. These new fissures, not only function as open views to the sea and communication passages of the inhabitants of Augustenborg with the water, but they also serve as carriers of the social urban fabric and the city activities to the fjord. The urban ground, on the other hand, unfolds creating new public space experiences, and then it folds in, defining new protected zones of the private sphere. The roofscape is envisioned as a public space, reached via vertical circulation or through a sloped pathway. Artifacts (buildings) and nature (green areas) are mixed in a hybrid way, under a ‘green layer’, that ensures public accessibility and also enhances the microclimatic conditions of the living and residential spaces. As a result the urban fabric is developed – unfolded – in three, rather than two, dimensions. What really matters is not the plan, but the section.