Roskilde DK

Type Commission
Role Landscape architects
Client Roskilde Municipality
Size 22,000 m2
Project start 2020
Status Completed


Our idea proposal for developing Algade and Københavnsvej is a pin-point strategy that solves the most dominant issues and upgrades the entire stretch. The aim is to extend the city-centre-feel, and create a stronger coherence and natural wayfinding from the city centre to the shopping mall Ro’s Torv.


Algade and Københavndvej is a busy road stretch in the centre of Roskilde with multiple functions. At one end Algade is a continuation of Roskildes shopping street with its vibrant urban life, and at the other end at Københavnsvej is the shopping mall Ro’s torv. The road-stretch is a traffic node, it’s the arrival point to the town centre from the station, and the main entrance road to the city centre for both car and bicycle traffic. Today the stretch is uninviting, it doesn’t reflect the urban quality of the city centre and the coherence with the shopping mall is weak.

The stretch as a “broken-chain” for urban life

The shopping street and the old squares of the city centre are quality urban spaces that prioritize pedestrians here’s a vibrant urban life and distinct atmosphere. As the shopping street ends so do the city-centre-feel, and the character of the street space drastically change. The pedestrian areas shrink in favour of bus and car traffic. The high-quality pavement is replaced by worn-down asphalt and concrete, a subtle statement that you are leaving the city centre. At the under passing Røde Port, the sidewalk is further narrowed and bicycle uses the pedestrian

zone as a shortcut. The narrow sidewalks continue along Københavnsvej, creating an irregular passage that doesn’t state itself as the main pedestrian connection to Ro’s Torv but where cars and bikes are prioritized above pedestrians. Arriving at Ro’s Torv, the street space drastically changes again, with quality pavements, street trees and recreational and commercial zones along the road together. These initiatives scale down the urban space and create a pleasant atmosphere that reflects the city centre.

A three-point strategy for coherence and improved pedestrian environment 

The three-point strategy treats the most dominant issues along the stretch, and transform it into a pleasant urban promenade. The aim is

to continue the urban life axis from the centre to Ro’s Torv, creating natural wayfinding between the city centre, the station and the shopping mall.

1) Minimize the road – maximize the sidewalk

Step one is to deal with the road layout and traffic hierarchy, to establish the stretch as a recreational extension of the city-centre-axis. With incoherent sidewalks and large scale street space it’s difficult to establish

a plesant pedestrian environment, and therefore we suggest to minimize the road, maximize the sidewalk and plant new road trees to scale down the street space.

2) Extend the city-centre-feel

Step two is to upgrade the materials used for the sidewalks to reflect the high standard of the city centre. Using quality materials would continue the city-centre-feel and establish the stretch as an extension of the

vibrant city centre. Creating coherence between the material palette of the city centre and Ro’s Torv would establish natural wayfinding to and from the station.

3) A string of pearls

Step three is to support the urban life along the stretch by creating a string of small urban attractions. Landmarks as art or light installations

together with recreational pockets breaks down the stretch and establish it as a interesting pedestrian route with new recreational qualities.