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CLIMATE TILE

THIRD NATURE’s Climate Tile wants to teach the world how to walk on water. In the cities adaption process and escalating density we need to rethink the individual elements, so we can offer hybrid solutions everywhere in the cities. We have developed a scalable climate adaption solution for future cities’ sidewalks and urban spaces. The Climate Tile will be able to handle the climate changes whilst creating new adventures in the city.

Project information
Responsable partner: Ole Schrøder and Flemming Rafn Thomsen
Project team: Jeppe Ecklon, Anna Sissela Michalsdotter, Sofie Mandrup Andreassen, Ninna Ravn og Frederik Reese.
Collaborators: ACO Nordic, IBF, Teknologisk Institut, Kollision, Orbicon and Københavns Kommune
Foundation support: Realdania 2014-16 and Markedsmodningsfonden 2016-18
Secretariat (Klimaspring): Smith Innovation
Period: 2014 – ongoing
Type: Innovation project
Status: Pilot sidewalk inaugurated September 2018
Contractor: Malmos

“The climate changes is both a gift and a wake-up call from above. The nature is suddenly more visible and are in these years mobilizing an understanding of that we with our settlement, way of life and consumptions of resources have triggered far-reaching and irrevocable changes for our surroundings. In a positive way, this momentum should be used to create humane, eventful and thereby sustainable cities.” – Flemming Rafn Thomsen, partner, TREDJE NATUR


The Climate Tile is at the head of a new type of innovative climate solutions for dense cities. The solution utilises the climate changes positively in the development of the cities that are more robust, eventful and sustainable.

In the spring 2014 a three year long product development course was started with funds from the campaign “Klimaspring” under Realdania. The total project frame was at 8 million DKK.


The project has been awarded 1,1 million DKK in co-financing from “Markedsmodningsfonden” for further development. The funds have supported the fabrication and construction of a pilot sidewalk using the Climate Tile – in collaboration with Copenhagen Municipality. The purpose of the 50 m long pilot sidewalk is to see the Climate Tile in action throughout the seasons and collect data on how it manages different weather types, weight loads, salting, etc. The new pilot sidewalk is located Heimdalsgade number 22-24 at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and was chosen in close cooperation with Copenhagen municipality.

Klimaflisen planudsnit

”We have chosen Heimdalsgade, that is close to our own office, cause the street today can be experienced as a sad and unattractive parking street where the Café on the corner is the only consolation. The café has shown great interest in using the sidewalk outside the café as an outdoor living room, extending the café’s serving area. We expect that the café’s passion for entrepreneurship and the Climate Tile system and its quialities can create an attractive space in one of Nørrebro’s gray streets. We wish to show the world that climate adaption is not just about hidden technology, but also a chance for everybody to participate in the improvement of our everyday spaces, where we learn to understand the city’s hidden infrastructure at the same time as it offer greater life quality. – Jeppe Ecklon, Project Manager, THIRD NATURE

“We are so happy that the test sidewalk for the Climate Tile is going to be built on our street. We have previously played with the thought of the possibility for a more active green outdoor space in front of the café. We think a new active street scape and more room for breaks and events – for example farmers markets with herbal gardens in the sidewalk or record sales under open sky and green trees – is a great idea. It’s cool – more of that in the rest of the city!” – Kim Tach, Co-owner of the Cafe Heimdalsgade 22

700 kilometre worth of value to the city
The sidewalks in Copenhagen form more than 700 kilometre and thereby several million square meters. All cities have sidewalks – even the smallest and most dense. The potential in Denmark and on an international basis is comprehensive. As an example, there are 20.000 kilometre of sidewalks in New York City, where the management of water and development of the city is a political priority. The many sidewalk kilometres have a great potential. A potential to create rainwater management while bringing more value to the city.


The last year’s comprehensive reorganisation of the district heating network has entailed long term digging in the streets with great inconvenience for the citizens, without any value in return. The Climate Tile will be placed in the same working procedure as pipe replacement and/or restoration. This way, the Climate Tile will not bring extra roadwork. An expansion of the dense cities’ sidewalks will at the same time be possible – in order to create more room for climate adaption and urban life.

Aksonometri

Water Network
The Climate Tile reintroduces the natural water circuit in the existing cities. By collecting rainwater from roofs and sidewalks, we can make the water a resource while the risk for damages coursed by the rain are reduced. We use the water in the best possible way as a positive supplement to the city’s drainage system. Doing this, the flow of water to the existing sewers is reduced significantly and thereby create savings on for example new facilities and expansions of the existing water management in the cities.

The water is directed primarily to the surrounding plant holes where the plants will get nutrition from the water. The water will later on evaporate the water from the crown. This means that a substantial part of the


water is consumed while the remaining part of the water seeps through the soil under the plants. The natural water circuit is redressed in the city by this simple process. The climate tile manages the rainwater from the roof and sidewalks. The water from the sidewalks is led through holes in the tiles where the water is transported to a fascine unite by integrated pipes. The fascine unite can manage the water in connection to storage, delay, diversion and percolation.

The water from the roof is led directly from the roof to the water banks, in order to make sure, that the water can percolate in the winter periods where the sidewalks gets salted. The water with a high content of salt are transferred directly to the sewers in the salting period.


Plug & Play
The Climate Tile is constructed with vertical and horizontal pipes that allows the tile to add functions of different sorts and thereby it is possible to adjust the tile to any given situation or activity on the sidewalk.

The Plug function is able to manage the water from the surface and down under and are shaped as a plug that can be added vertically in the tile. The vertical plugs makes it possible to maintain, update and change the tiles functions over a lifetime of 50 years. This way it can


always be prepared for new urban or climate conditions and the tile is assured for the future. The goal is to create an intelligent tile with low-tech and high-tech plugs-ins. The plugs will for example be able to read and send information about the present water level to either the water supply or citizens. This way we get more informed and aware about the climate changes and the climate adaption. The Plug function can also be used for installation of for example furniture, signs, lights and plant boxes in the city.

 

Recent Work

TRANSFORMATION OF THE BOULEVARD

THIRD NATURE and COWI have made a feasibility study for the City of Copenhagen, highlighting the possibilities and consequences of establishing a traffic tunnel below Åboulevarden

NEW ISLANDS BRYGGE SCHOOL

New Islands Brygge School has the potential to become a new and highly interconnected link between the harbor, the nature and the city

WATER CULTURE HOUSE

The Water Culture House integrates water activities with the cultural and popular everyday life by the harbor and creates unique and distinctive experiences

HYLLIE STATION BUILDINGS

We create a new and green gathering point in Hyllie that with a station building, housing and a station square strenghtens a livable, diverse and vibrant city life

POP-UP CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

THIRD NATURE releases a groundbreaking solution to major cities' challenges with flooding, parking and lack of green spaces

KUNSKAPSBERGET

With Kunskabsberget, TREDJE NATUR has designed an open, safe and flexible learning environment, with a clear local presence

VÆRLØSE AIRFIELD – SOUTH CAMP

Værløse Airfield has great potential for creating a grounded everyday life with nature at its core

SVANEMØLLENS BARRACKS

TREDJE NATUR have created a new masterplan for “Svanemøllens Kaserne” with an understanding of the areas special history as its starting point

URBAN CARPET – NEW STATION IN LUND

The station at Klostergården is a visionary infrastructural project that shows how the construction of a new station can lift up and rethink an entire neighborhood in a city

KRONLØBSØEN

In the heart of Nordhavn lies the historic port of Copenhagen, Kronløbsøen. A new island rising from the harbour as an alluring mirage

GUSTAVSBERG NATURE CITY

TREDJE NATUR has together with C.F. Møller and Rambøll come up with a new holistic vision for a close sustainable Gustavsberg from the basis of the place’s original and forgotten nature.

THE FUTURE SØLUND

TREDJE NATUR and C.F. Møller wins The Future Sølund. Along with Bascon, Transsolar and Smith Innovation they draw and will build one of the largest and most visionary residential projects seen in the history of Denmark

THE ISLAND OF THE CITY

Papirøen has a unique placement in at the inner part of Copenhagen harbour. There is a lot of potential on this prime location setting the bar high on the subject of Copenhagen future city- and nature developments.

BRIDGE IN SYDHAVNEN

TREDJE NATUR have designed a proposal for a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Sydhavnen

REDMOLEN TIP

TREDJE NATUR wins ambitious project on Nordhavn's best building site. On the tip of Redmolen surrounded by water on three sides, a prestige building and urban space is now in the making. 

CBS CAMPUS

CBS in the city - The city in CBS! Our dogma is about developing CBS as a campus that is integrated into the city

GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. 

ENGHAVEPARKEN NOW

THIRD NATURE won the climate and transformation competition for Enghaveparken! See how we have made space for 24.000 m³ cloudburst water in the park, that is in the process of becoming a preserved park. 

VINGE

Vinge is not just inspired by nature, it is a city which works with nature’s processes and creates nature.

BRYGGENS BASTION

TREDJE NATUR's plan revives Bryggens Bastion with green and blue elements as the central values in the neighborhood. A connecting corridor in the project becomes the neighborhood’s new hub.

AN EXTRODINARY CLIMATE CITY

TREDJE NATUR won 2nd place in the Middelfart Climate City competition, along with Entasis and Grontmij.

HOW | HOUSE OF WATER

TREDJE NATUR designs a collaborative platform presenting new solutions to future water challenges

ALMEGÅRD BARRACKS

Our winning proposal for the development of Almegård Barracks is based on a holistic, local concept where the main transformative force is found in the individual users and inherent qualities of the site.

BRIGHT BLUE VISIONS

Tredje Natur and PK3 think Copenhagen’s Harbor should be a lively, accessible, productive and recreational area in the city.

THE FIRST CLIMATE DISTRICT

The climate district in Østerbro shows the climate adaption of the future and the development of the existing city. 

Recent Work

TRANSFORMATION OF THE BOULEVARD

THIRD NATURE and COWI have made a feasibility study for the City of Copenhagen, highlighting the possibilities and consequences of establishing a traffic tunnel below Åboulevarden

NEW ISLANDS BRYGGE SCHOOL

New Islands Brygge School has the potential to become a new and highly interconnected link between the harbor, the nature and the city

WATER CULTURE HOUSE

The Water Culture House integrates water activities with the cultural and popular everyday life by the harbor and creates unique and distinctive experiences

HYLLIE STATION BUILDINGS

We create a new and green gathering point in Hyllie that with a station building, housing and a station square strenghtens a livable, diverse and vibrant city life

POP-UP CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

THIRD NATURE releases a groundbreaking solution to major cities' challenges with flooding, parking and lack of green spaces

KUNSKAPSBERGET

With Kunskabsberget, TREDJE NATUR has designed an open, safe and flexible learning environment, with a clear local presence

VÆRLØSE AIRFIELD – SOUTH CAMP

Værløse Airfield has great potential for creating a grounded everyday life with nature at its core

SVANEMØLLENS BARRACKS

TREDJE NATUR have created a new masterplan for “Svanemøllens Kaserne” with an understanding of the areas special history as its starting point

URBAN CARPET – NEW STATION IN LUND

The station at Klostergården is a visionary infrastructural project that shows how the construction of a new station can lift up and rethink an entire neighborhood in a city

KRONLØBSØEN

In the heart of Nordhavn lies the historic port of Copenhagen, Kronløbsøen. A new island rising from the harbour as an alluring mirage

GUSTAVSBERG NATURE CITY

TREDJE NATUR has together with C.F. Møller and Rambøll come up with a new holistic vision for a close sustainable Gustavsberg from the basis of the place’s original and forgotten nature.

THE FUTURE SØLUND

TREDJE NATUR and C.F. Møller wins The Future Sølund. Along with Bascon, Transsolar and Smith Innovation they draw and will build one of the largest and most visionary residential projects seen in the history of Denmark

THE ISLAND OF THE CITY

Papirøen has a unique placement in at the inner part of Copenhagen harbour. There is a lot of potential on this prime location setting the bar high on the subject of Copenhagen future city- and nature developments.

BRIDGE IN SYDHAVNEN

TREDJE NATUR have designed a proposal for a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Sydhavnen

REDMOLEN TIP

TREDJE NATUR wins ambitious project on Nordhavn's best building site. On the tip of Redmolen surrounded by water on three sides, a prestige building and urban space is now in the making. 

CBS CAMPUS

CBS in the city - The city in CBS! Our dogma is about developing CBS as a campus that is integrated into the city

GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. 

ENGHAVEPARKEN NOW

THIRD NATURE won the climate and transformation competition for Enghaveparken! See how we have made space for 24.000 m³ cloudburst water in the park, that is in the process of becoming a preserved park. 

VINGE

Vinge is not just inspired by nature, it is a city which works with nature’s processes and creates nature.

BRYGGENS BASTION

TREDJE NATUR's plan revives Bryggens Bastion with green and blue elements as the central values in the neighborhood. A connecting corridor in the project becomes the neighborhood’s new hub.

AN EXTRODINARY CLIMATE CITY

TREDJE NATUR won 2nd place in the Middelfart Climate City competition, along with Entasis and Grontmij.

HOW | HOUSE OF WATER

TREDJE NATUR designs a collaborative platform presenting new solutions to future water challenges

ALMEGÅRD BARRACKS

Our winning proposal for the development of Almegård Barracks is based on a holistic, local concept where the main transformative force is found in the individual users and inherent qualities of the site.

BRIGHT BLUE VISIONS

Tredje Natur and PK3 think Copenhagen’s Harbor should be a lively, accessible, productive and recreational area in the city.

THE FIRST CLIMATE DISTRICT

The climate district in Østerbro shows the climate adaption of the future and the development of the existing city.