The Green Space in Grey Space
Type “Copenhagen happiest” into Google's search engine and you will find a plethora of proof as to why the Danish capitol IS in fact the happiest city in the world. I was first introduced to the city by view of plane then via bus. The city seemed normal, why was it so great? It was no Paris, with Haussmann-esque buildings lining every block. It was no Prague with decorated sidewalks. It didn’t even have tree lined streets - Copenhagen was just a city.
That thought quickly died the moment my feet were off the bus and on Danish soil. I settled into my new apartment and off I went to explore the happiest city in the world.
Copenhagen isn’t physically the most beautiful city. It’s streets aren’t magnificent and most parts seem quite cold, but much like Israels Plads, what theoretically should've seemed cold wasn't. This contradicted all of my design education; it felt warm and inviting.
The city isn’t inhospitable despite it’s lack of street fauna. In fact, there is a lot of fauna. In Copenhagen, you will never be more than a 15 minute walk to a park no matter where you are in the city. These parks that scatter around are green, really green. The grass in Denmark has the saturation of a tween's first-time-abroad daily Instagram posts (that’s a lot). These green refuges around the city are not only gorgeous, they are used. In a Danish park you will find a family out with their kids, a couple on a date, a couple of teens drinking, an elderly couple taking a stroll, and any other combination you can dream up.
Embark on a photographical tour of these green havens below: