The project follows a cooperative housing scheme, in which it is financed, developed, maintained and owned by the residents of the co-housing, creating an increased sense of ownership. About 7% of the Danish population live in a form of cooperative owned housing, accounting for one-third of the housing stock in Copenhagen.
Habitability and Comfort
- Area is optimised for a functional and pleasant low-density structure with its large, green common areas.
- Creates a net positive whole life impact on ecological health, indoor and outdoor environmental quality.
Community and Connectivity
- Developed in close collaboration with its residents in initial programming, district planning, mediation with authorities and the detailed design.
- Easy access to a private entrance yard on one side and a terrace towards the common meadow, where social mingling and liveliness is encouraged.
- A common house for activities with communal kitchen, dining rooms, laundry rooms and extra rooms for the resident’s guests, saving space in the individual houses.
- Close proximity to public transport and bike paths, with EV charging stations provided.
Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change
- Green rainwater system, preventing flooding throughout the area and creating a natural habitat for flora and fauna.
Resource Efficiency and Circularity
- Low CO2-footprint of 8,7kg CO2-equivalent/m2/year where the limit in Denmark in 2023 is 12.
- Garden equipment and other sharable tools are provided and shared, reducing household clutter, need for storage spaces and excess waste.
- Use of prefabricated local timber and heat-treated wood construction for improved durability to climate change impacts.
- The limit decreases every second year, enabling the project to pass the Danish limits of 9kg CO2, equivalent/m2/year in 2027.
- A homeowner purchases a share of their own unit, common house and common areas of the co-owned estate for an average cost of $234,000 USD (for 135m2). The rest of the estate is shared and rented, with a monthly rental cost of $1,092 USD.
- Maintenance, social events and administration is done on a voluntary basis by residents to keep expenses down.
- Prices of cooperative housing have not increased much since founded in 1975, meaning deposits and subsequent mortgage instalments are affordable even for those earning below the median income.
OrganisationPartners: Urban Power (architecture and landscape), Rasmus Friis A/S (contractor), Wissenberg (consulting engineer), A/B Stavnsholt (client) and Plan 1 (client advisor)