Cloudburst and Culture



‘Gro Nørrebro’ is the name of EFFEKT’s proposal for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge, Cloudburst & Culture. The project combines urban development and climate adaption in a 85.000 m2 large area around Hans Tavsens Park and Korsgade in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gro Nørrebro suggests a model for ‘growing’ new urban spaces, city culture and city nature dynamically and organically in the neighbourhood, while strengthening the cultural, spatial and biological diversity in the area. 

The project has two layers. The first layer is a new cloudburst road connecting Havns Tavsens Park with the lake, Pebling Sø. The new connection revitalises the area with new pavements, new promenades and a framework for water management, where the water becomes a ‘blue thread’ that connects the surroundings and gives the area a new distinctive identity. This layer will also strengthen the historical roots of the area and revitalise the historical urban spaces.

The second layer consists of 16 new urban spaces that will ‘grow’ organically through development in close collaboration with the local users, residents and other stakeholders. Each of the 16 new urban spaces will functions as a small city lab in itself, a lab for city life, biodiversity and new city culture. This layer will ensure that the project is rooted in the surrounding community, as well as support and strengthen the diversity of the neighbourhood.



Project name

Cloudburst and Culture


Climate adaptation, Urban development




Copenhagen, DK




Competition 2016, 2nd prize


65.000 m2


Municipality of Cophenhagen


De Urbanisten, Niraz, Blue Bakery, Helene Sörelius, Søren Ejlersen

Design team

Tue Hesselberg Foged, Sinus Lynge, Toni Rubio Soler, Virginie Le Goffic, Lasse Lyhne-Hansen, Rikke Aaskov, Weronika Marek, Yulia Kozlova, Evgeny Markachev, Esbjen Jensen


The site is located in the heart of Nørrebro

The Historical and the New Nørrebro

Water Management   +   City Nature   +   City Life


Site plan


The 16 new urban spaces is located in and around three main areas: Hans Tavsens Park, the School Area and Korsgade


Hans Tavsens Park


Hans Tavsens Park before and after a cloudburst


Seven new multifunctional urban spaces to be developed in and around the park


A sports plaza in the park also functions as a storm water reservoir


The School Area

At the new school yard, water is collected and used for both play and learning

Three new smaller urban spaces will be developed around the school


At the church, areas will be developed for urban gardening



Korsgade before and after a cloudburst. Korsgade will function as the main new cloudburst road, leading the water to and from Peblinge Sø

The final six new urban spaces will be developed along Korsgade

At the end of Korsgade, the water creates a new landmark: a hole in the lake that transforms into a geyser, when cloudburst water is collected