Penthouses and Rooftop Terrace


As interested as I am in the projects that I cover, I usually don’t find them to be something that I would like to live in. That changes with these homes in Copenhagen. Though the units are fairly simple, the amenities are great, and the neighborhood is a sight to see.

The penthouses, designed by JDS Architects, are part of a co-op in the high-density neighborhood of Elmegade, Copenhagen. Though fairly standard for contemporary Scandinavian design, these two- to three-bedroom units are spacious, simple, and very light, with wood floors and large windows overlooking Birkegade and the inner courtyard of the block. What makes this project special, however, is what is on top of the penthouses.

As seen here, in SketchUp-esque glory, the roof terrace is divided into three zones: a wooden “sun terrace,” a grassy hill with a wooden area and grill below, and an orange-clad, shock-absorbing sports and leisure area. Not pictured on the diagram but evident in the first picture are the viewing platform at the top of the hill and a set of bathrooms at the far end of the sports area.

Despite this image bearing a striking resemblance to the cover of Muses “Black Holes and Revelations,” it does a good job of showing how the different zones come together, as well has how they are used. Also, there is an absolutely adorable Scandinavian child playing with a big red ball. I believe each penthouse comes with one of these.

If there’s one mundane thing that I get geeked up about when it comes to architecture, it’s railings, something Penn students seem to be unaware of. While the lack of a railing along the steps would probably discourage my grandpa from living there (as well as the temperatures and those beautiful Scandinavian socialists), I think it works for the target group of young families. If kids fall off the steps, they fall into the grass and possibly roll down the hill. If that’s the case, there are railings surrounding any significant drop, including that of the outdoor kitchen, which would protect the child from injury.

The view from the roof is spectacular, and although they don’t seem to have any pictures of it, I’m sure the scene from the viewing platform is even more so. If I were able to snag a penthouse like this, I would gladly continue this blog from my rooftop terrace in Copenhagen.

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About Dave Munson
This blog is about architecture, cities, and myself.

2 Responses to Penthouses and Rooftop Terrace

  1. Kim Leatham says:

    Dave, love seeing these. If you are going to live in a city this would be the way to go!

  2. arrival says:

    Good post! We will be linking to this great post on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

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