Business areas around larger cities like Copenhagen are usually deserted after dawn. The empty business premises occupy valuable space in often densely populated cities. An experimental housing project supported by Realdania and the Danish Arts Foundation is showing a completely new way for these types of areas to develop. A traditional commercial building is transformed, and a symbiosis between business, housing and roof agriculture emerges. Different users can share facilities and utilize each other’s resources – creating a true sustainable community.

This untraditional housing project developed by URBAN POWER is placed on the roof of an existing office building in the suburbs of Copenhagen.

The project is inspired by historic Danish villages, and will become a small village itself, with houses organized around a winding street with small squares and for social interaction.

This will become a completely new way of living and combines the qualities of the village’s close communities with the city’s mixed functions and amazing views that are usually only found in high-rise buildings. An integrated roof farm will provide the offices and housing with fresh vegetables.

In addition, the “village” and the office building below will form a strong symbiosis and benefit from each other. Food, water, heat, energy, parking meeting spaces etc. are shared and utilized by different users at different times of the day and year – making much better use of all local resources.

  • Location Herlev, Denmark
  • Client Wihlborgs
  • Year 2020-2022
  • Status Ongoing
  • Program Housing, Office, Roof Farm, Community Spaces
  • Site area 8000 m²
  • Floor area 5000 m²
  • Collaborators Wihlborgs, NCC, Østergro, Flux, nxt, Stokbro
  • Team Rune Veile, Sara Bjelke, Arne Cermak Nielsen, Javier Gutierrez Sainz, Eloïse Birkeland


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