Ørestad Garden, Denmark
AG-Nrep, AAB and Copenhagen Municipality
For many years Ørestad was nothing but vast fields. Today it is characterised by the notable clash between the extensive landscape at Kalvebod Fælled and the dense urban structure of Ørestad South. Situated right on nature’s doorstep on Denmark’s most densely populated island, this new Copenhagen neighbourhood has all the prerequisites to become a truly green, active, and social part of the city. Naturally, our contribution to Ørestad South is all about diversity and community, offering a mix of private housing, affordable housing and a day care centre in one single building block.Read more ↓
Ørestad Garden aims to promote a diverse urban community in the new Copenhagen district, Ørestad South. The building site was tendered by Copenhagen Municipality and won in a joint venture between ABB and AG-Nrep as a single project, designed by Dorte Mandrup. By combining affordable housing, private housing, and a day care centre in one building unit, the project adds a vibrant, mixed community to Ørestad South where people from different social backgrounds and economic means can meet and live side by side.
Ørestad Garden is shaped as one large housing block. The northern part contains affordable housing and a day care centre, while the southern part is private housing. By offering a wide variety of living spaces, Ørestad South creates flexible living spaces for singles, young people, the elderly, and families. The courtyard provides a lush green atmosphere and a large playground, belonging to the daycare centre during the daytime and open to the residents in the afternoon and on weekends. Through open passages to the north and south, everyone can visit or pass through the courtyard.
Designed with no distinction between its affordable and private housing units, Ørestad Garden stands as one unified composition. The light grey brick façade appears as a lively structure of articulated and varied volumes of different scales and varying heights. The sloping rooftops hides the necessary technical installations and reinforce the sculptural character of the building.