The seven storey parking structure is centrally located in the Århusgade neighbourhood. The parking structure was built by the development company CPH City & Port Development that decided to award 8 million Danish kroner for the sports facility on the roof alone. With the grant from the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities of 4 million Danish kroner, it was possible to design the roof area with facilities for various kinds of outdoor sports and activities for both adults and children.
Also, the roof has a wonderful view where you can sit and enjoy the view of the new neighbourhood of Copenhagen. The roof area will be accessible all day. The facility has been named Konditaget Lüders (the Fitness Roof Lüders).
This is the first foray of the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities into the world of “roof sports” where activities are moved all the way to the top of a building. The project shows that even traditional sports activities such as running and weight lifting can take place in new surroundings and in new ways. It is also a nice example of thinking sports into modern urban planning. Since you are building a parking structure in a new neighbourhood with limited space anyway, you might as well exploit the space on the roof for activities.
Based on the winning proposal from jaja Architects that was made public by CPH City & Port Development in March 2014, CPH City & Port Development has together with the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities developed “roof sports” on the coming parking structure. In addition to the actual sports on the roof, one of the most important elements for the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities was also to include the front as an activity spot. This goal has been attained by, among other things, including the stairs as part of the total workout experience. The development of the project has also happened in co-operation with DGI Greater Copenhagen and jaja Architects.
From the street, an installation of stairs leads to the activity area on the roof. The 24 meters can be climbed by running on stairs with indication of number of steps, height in meters, floor and stopwatch feature. The option of “stairs workout” over such a long stretch is expecte to become quite an attraction since stairs workout is very effective – but difficult to do for those who don’t happen to live near a large stadium or a high-rise with wide stairs.
If you follow the stairs to the roof, you are met by a 2,625 m² large area that offers fantastic facilities for outdoor crossfit with shock absorbent foundation, edges for boxjumps, pipes for weight lifting with your own bodyweight – as well as the possibility for the users to install various ropes and straps that are used in crossfit and TRX workout. On the roof, you will also find a track of 60 meters for sprint and interval training and other workout options for runners as well as a storage room for workout gear. Crossfit and running are not the most typical sports for kids. On the other hand, the youngest user groups will be able to enjoy the possibility of doing small ball games on a panna court and play on a five meter high, spiral-shaped climbing tower.