ADEPT and LiWplanning received The Danish Landscape Award 2010 for their project ‘Måløv Axis’ in Ballerup, Denmark.
The purpose of the award is to bring landscape architecture in both urban and rural areas into focus. In addition, the award is an opportunity to honour individuals who with their extraordinary landscape architectural work contribute to the development of the profession.
The Måløv Axis connects the new district Søndergård with the old part of the suburb Måløv across two large traffic barriers, Frederikssundsvej and the S-train line. The project is a safety-related, functional and aesthetic improvement of the intersections. Måløv Axis is to be an attractive urban space for everyone, especially for the citizens of Måløv. The project will serve as an example of how to solve a problem, known in many cities, where the city’s traffic and development result in areas being cut off from each other.With terrain as a theme this year the award called for projects which specifically show capability of interpreting the landscape context and subsequently shaping the terrain.
The jury points out: ’’The Måløv Axis creates a distinguished connection across trafficked intersections in a completely impossible area. The project deals with the slope at the viaduct, which is a typical residual area resulting from a hybridization of technical facilities. Residual areas are usually overgrown with plants that will keep people away from the steep ground. Oftentimes, a disheartened result. This project enables the area to become a place for recreational activities and hangout spots. A dramatic and unique space that will attract attention and inspire its users. The project is particularly rewarded for: making gravity’s drawing of the landscape visible, examining the steepness of Denmark’s otherwise very flat landscape and turning an impossible place into a possible place.”