COPENHAGEN N, DK
URBAN DENSIFICATION STUDY
This project is a densification strategy for an area of social housing which has a lack of social interaction and a quite monotonous range of housing units. The strategy is to add new ”towers” to the already existing housing blocks. The new towers contain high end apartments in the top floors, and student housing as well as small office spaces etc. in the lower floors. The idea is that the apartments on the upper floors generate a profit that can be used to establish some of the common facilities further down in the building.
In general the project describes two large additions to the housing area. The first one being the four new towers, the other one being a horizontal element – a landscape like structure that fill up the underused courtyard spaces and creates smaller more inhabitable exterior spaces. The horizontal layer contains kindergartens, sport facilities, music rehearsal rooms etc.
The new towers sits directly on top of the massive housing blocks, creating an overlapping space, where the new infrastructure of the building is placed as well as some new special garden apartments. The overlapping also creates a void space literally cutting a whole in the housing block, so a new pathway connecting the whole area can run directly through. This also allows for the low winter sun to penetrate the housing scheme and bring direct sunlight into the courtyards on a winters day.
The new towers sets a new skyline for that part of the city and gives the rather monotonous and dull housing area a totally new identity.