Gladsaxe Municipality

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Gladsaxe, Denmark

The Municipality of Gladsaxe is located in the Northwestern suburb of Copenhagen. The city used to be in an open land until the two train lines were built. This allowed a significant improvement of the transport connection with Copenhagen and consequently led to the building of large residential areas in Gladsaxe.

During the interwar period, the “Copenhagen Green Areas” appeared in 1936. Under the progressive urban development around Copenhagen, the Danish Urban Planning Lab had a comprehensive "Proposal for a System of Outdoor Life Areas" prepared. The proposal consisted in ensuring a green corridor throughout the city, to connect Utterslev Mose with Gyngemosen located South of Mørkhøj and continue further Southwest of Gladsaxe town to Smørmosen and Fedmosen, from where there was to be a connection to Hareskoven and Bagsværd Lake towards North West and Værebro Å towards West North-West. This action plan was never implemented at that time.

The Finger Plan from 1947 provided that Gladsaxe's lands south of the village were to be included in a green wedge between two town fingers adjacent to the Slangerup line (now the Farum line and the Frederikssund line, respectively. The green wedge was to extend all the way to Utterslev Mose. The finger plan led to the establishment of an urban development committee, and already in an urban development plan no. 2 from 1951, large parts of the planned green wedge were assumed to be involved in development. Later, in a new urban development plan from 1966, the remaining areas laid out for development.

  • 17% of Gladsaxe Municipality is covered by nature areas
  • 1139 unemployed persons in Gladsaxe/101.631 in Denmark
  • Gladsaxe was the first municipality in Denmark to incorporate the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), directly into its municipal strategy, the so-called Gladsaxe Strategy, which was adopted in 2018


The selected site is located in the area of poor environmental quality, high groundwater level which exposes the local citizens to health risk during heavy rainfall, backflow from the sewage

system occurs with high risk of infection caused by raw sewerage flooding. This is one of the most socially exposed areas of the city: low income level, low education level, the number of non-western immigrants increased from 16% to more than 25% in less than 5 years. Increasing number of children is being socially exposed, rising amount of social cases involving children. A large proportion of citizens are physically inactive, 1/3 does not live up to WHO’s minimum recommendations and half of the population is overweight or obese.

NBS Education Facility

Water square playground (grove and water mist, art and culture interface, scent gardens) creates a framework for play and mediation for people in all ages, to create awareness of water and environment through play.

Flood Reduction

Green sponge hill, i.e. a rolling landscape of artificially grown media to act as a water buffer magazine, an evaporation reactor, a water filtration unit and a lush flower bed.

Natural purifying (“cleaning”) of harvested storm water to be used for other purposes.

Evaporation playing field i.e. underground water storage moistening grass and evaporating storm water.

UHI impact reduction

Pavement irrigation, i.e. sprinkling irrigation of paved areas during hot weather for speeding evaporation process, surface cooling and kids playing grounds.

Air Pollution

Lake, forest, meadow and wetland biotope.

NBS Corridors

NBS access pathways to make stronger unity in the community by making better connectivity between the facilities of the area.

Sensory garden, picnic area.

Other NBS

Vertical gardens and canopy.

NBS Education Facility
Flood Reduction
UHI impact reduction
Air pollution
NBS Corridors
Other NBS

The playground in Bibliotekshaven by Gladsaxe Main Library is Denmark's first literature playground. It is an example of an outdoor space that links play, learning and movement. It also represents an idea as to how libraries can make their offers visible outside the building's walls, while at the same time contributing to the development of urban spaces.

Led Zeppelin’s Scandinavian tour was held through 1968, and it was their first official tour, even though still under the name “Yardbirds”. The band's first concert at Teen Club, a school gymnasium in Gladsaxe was performed on September 7th, exactly two months to the day after The Yardbirds' final concert. The band's manager, Peter Grant, later said of this first concert: "Standing by the side of the stage, it was obvious that there was special chemistry."

Famous Danish soccer player Peter Schmeichel was born in Gladsaxe. Schmeichel started training football for the Høje Gladsaxe team and then moved to the Gladsaxe Hero team. He spent most of his career playing for the Manchester United.

In 2015, the Danish Outdoor Council appointed Gladsaxe the Danish Outdoor Municipality of the Year, based on the city’s integration of outdoor life in new climate adaption projects.


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