• The Future of Housing in Copenhagen

    This spring, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Institute of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape, in collaboration with the Danish Building Research Institute, AAU, will open an extensive and thought-provoking exhibition about the future of housing in Copenhagen. More than 50 projects have been selected from both Danish and international offices; three are from Henning Larsen.

  • Cities all over the world are growing as rural populations move to cities at an ever-increasing rate, creating an increased demand for urban living space. As Denmark’s largest city, Copenhagen attracts businesses, families, students and cultural institutions, and is feeling the pressure of nearly 1,000 new residents per month.

    The exhibition "Housing and Welfare - Homes | Ensembles | City" addresses that dilemma and shows what tomorrow's Copenhagen will look like. The exhibition provides an insight into a number of housing projects that are in the pipeline at architectural firms for construction in greater Copenhagen over the next several years.

    Henning Larsen Architects will exhibit three projects that relate to the housing pressure the Copenhagen area is experiencing. The projects not only meet the basic need of creating more housing in Copenhagen, but also create vibrant, socially- and culturally-diverse neighborhoods—not just tracts of apartment blocks.

    At the exhibition, Henning Larsen Architects’ and Effekt’s master plan for Vinge will be on display. Vinge is a new town under development within the municipality of Frederikssund, just north of Copenhagen. Vinge constitutes a new chapter in the Finger Plan for the development of greater Copenhagen. The 350-acre town will be Denmark’s largest-ever new urban development.

    A significant part of the plan for Vinge is the new Vinge Train Station, also designed by Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with Tredje Natur. Vinge Train Station has been designed to function as the heart of the new town. To emphasise the station’s position as the centre of Vinge’s activity, mixed-use building masses are higher and denser immediately surrounding it. The farther from the station, the lower and less dense the building masses become. 

    Henning Larsen Architects will also display Bellahøj Retold, a restoration of the iconic Bellahøj Houses in Copenhagen. The project, conducted in collaboration with Erik Møller Architects, includes an overall vision for the restoration as well as energy performance upgrades. The restoration strategy embraces all scales—from the buildings’ place in history, to their relationship to the rest of the city, to detailing the individual buildings.

    The exhibition opens March 19, 2015 at the School of Architecture’s exhibition hall at Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51 on Holmen, and will be on display through May 14, 2015. A short film about housing and architecture, and a film about the projects on display will be shown at the exhibition as part of the upcoming Copenhagen Architecture Festival from March 19 to 22.

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