South Harbour’s Fiskerihavn Revisited

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As I come to terms with re-modelling my day-to-day life, limited by a COVID-19 induced lock-down now going into it’s seventh week, I’m re-discovering the pleasures of exploring my neighborhood, Copenhagen’s one and only, South Harbour. My daily excursions into South Harbour’s every nook and cranny,  I discover a world coming to terms with Copenhagen’s urban development that finally comes to Fiskerihavn in South Harbour.

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The global crisis seems to have bypassed this small fishing community, as Kurt, a sprightly 91-year-old, stands patiently fixing his nets, a ritual he has been doing after catching flounder and eel in South Harbour’s waters since 1960. This close-knit fishing community and marina has been flying peacefully under the radar for years, but recently this unique location has been capturing its own headlines.

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Late last year, a masterplan for Stejlepladsen, a 5,2 hectare location adjacent to Fiskerihavn was presented. Created by the architectural studio, Christensen & Co the masterplan draws on the diversity of the harbour’s existing buildings and the close connection to the nearby sea and landscape. The proposal focusing on clusters of low-density housing, mixing age groups to create a communal spirit is both sympathetic and welcome. Naturally, the proposal has caused apprehension in South Harbour’s local community, as the area is one of Copenhagen most beloved and biodiverse green spaces, Tippen. Hopefully, the Stejlepladsen project will with time resonate with the local community.

Meanwhile, Kurt’s fishing nets hang untangled, a dog begrudgingly barks as another day in Fiskerihavn unfolds as I head back to my COVID-19 universe.

Content & Images: Phillip Mills

Renderings: By & Havn

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