Bagsværd
,
Denmark

Novo Nordisk Nature Park

The Novo Nordisk nature park is a wild nature park on 31.000 m2, inspired by the Danish forests and landscape. The park is situated on top of an underground parking space. Our StrataCells made it possible to plant trees on the impervious concrete surface
Bagsværd
,
Denmark
2011
2014
Architects
Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Landscape Architects
SLA A/S
Developer
Novo Nordisk A/S
Contractor
Products in use

Smart rainwater management solves more problems in the cities

In the coming years, many larger cities have to come up with solutions for the challenges of increasing amounts of rainwater and more extreme weather. By implementing solutions that help protect densely populated and developed areas against flooding, the development of the square serves as an example to be followed when the rest of the city is to be climate-proofed. By actively making use of a city’s green areas in the fight against pollution and securing the city against cloudbursts, smart ways of handling rainwater solve a great deal of the problems, cities today are facing.

Green area secures the well-being among employees

Novo Nordisk nature park makes up the green area around the international headquarter in Bagsværd. The park area takes up nearly 31.000 m2 – the size of approximately four football fields. The park is designed with nature and the Danish forests and landscapes in mind. It’s an interpretation of the Danish nature and counts different biotopes with 50 different types of trees that support biodiversity.

Green area secures the well-being among employees

Novo Nordisk nature park makes up the green area around the international headquarter in Bagsværd. The park area takes up nearly 31.000 m2 – the size of approximately four football fields. The park is designed with nature and the Danish forests and landscapes in mind. It’s an interpretation of the Danish nature and counts different biotopes with 50 different types of trees that support biodiversity.

Recreative green space for employees and the public   

The area offers the employees several options during a work day – they can have meetings or enjoy the view of the green surroundings, which in itself can have a calming effect. The park area is open to the public. Walking through the park, the visitors can discover different winding paths through varying biotopes.


Recreative green space for employees and the public   

The area offers the employees several options during a work day – they can have meetings or enjoy the view of the green surroundings, which in itself can have a calming effect. The park area is open to the public. Walking through the park, the visitors can discover different winding paths through varying biotopes.


Trees planted on top of the underground parking

A selection of the trees are planted directly on top of the underground parking – a space that can hold 400 cars in total. Our root-friendly StrataCells ensure the trees survive on the roof’s impervious concrete surface. They utilise the sparse space beneath the surface to the optimum level.

Trees planted on top of the underground parking

A selection of the trees are planted directly on top of the underground parking – a space that can hold 400 cars in total. Our root-friendly StrataCells ensure the trees survive on the roof’s impervious concrete surface. They utilise the sparse space beneath the surface to the optimum level.

The soil cells withstand high load from the heavy traffic and they ensure that the trees in the park have a high soil volume. The StrataCells have a low density, which is necessary when planting a tree on top of an underground parking. If the root-friendly soil cell system is too heavy, there’s a risk that the roof of the underground parking might collapse. 

All rainwater from the building and the parking area is collected, and the park is dimensioned to withstand heavy cloudbursts. The thirsty trees take up a big amount of the remaining water.

The soil cells withstand high load from the heavy traffic and they ensure that the trees in the park have a high soil volume. The StrataCells have a low density, which is necessary when planting a tree on top of an underground parking. If the root-friendly soil cell system is too heavy, there’s a risk that the roof of the underground parking might collapse. 

All rainwater from the building and the parking area is collected, and the park is dimensioned to withstand heavy cloudbursts. The thirsty trees take up a big amount of the remaining water.

Optimal growth conditions with StrataCells

Today the StrataCells give the trees optimal growth conditions, while not causing any harm to the pavement and the underground parking. 

“Without the StrataCells there would be a risk that the trees would sink and the pavement break due to heavy traffic”, explains chairman Kim Bøge from Skælskør Anlægsgartnere, who has been responsible for the planting. 

Optimal growth conditions with StrataCells

Today the StrataCells give the trees optimal growth conditions, while not causing any harm to the pavement and the underground parking. 

“Without the StrataCells there would be a risk that the trees would sink and the pavement break due to heavy traffic”, explains chairman Kim Bøge from Skælskør Anlægsgartnere, who has been responsible for the planting. 

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