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Exploring Dortheavej – Copenhagen's prefabricated social-housing project

by Hannah Grogan on Nov 26, 2018 in Architecture , Developments
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Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has designed and completed a social-housing project, Dortheavej in Copenhagen01_BIG_DONG_Dortheavej_Image20by20Rasmus20Hjortshoj

Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) prefabricated social-housing project, Dortheavej, has been completed in Copenhagen. The 6,800sqm (73,200sqf) 'winding wall' incorporates 66 new homes for low-income citizens and was commissioned in 2013 by not-for-profit, affordable housing association Lejerbo.01_BIG_DONG_Dortheavej_Image20by20Rasmus20HjortshojBuilt on a strict budget, the stylish homes feature 3.5m-high ceilings, generous floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terraces. The Lejerbo mission was drafted by Danish urban space designer Jan Gehl, who asked BIG to create much needed affordable housing and public spaces, while keeping the pedestrian passageways open and the adjacent green areas untouched during construction.

We have attempted to mobilise modular construction with modest materials to create generous living spaces at the urban as well as the residential scale

"Affordable housing is an architectural challenge due to the necessary budget restrictions," said BIG's founding partner, Bjarke Ingels. "We have attempted to mobilise modular construction with modest materials to create generous living spaces at the urban as well as the residential scale. The prefabricated elements are stacked in a way that allows every second module an extra metre of room height, making the kitchen-living areas unusually spacious."14_BIG_DONG_Dortheavej_Image20by20Rasmus20Hjortshoj09_BIG_DONG_Dortheavej_Image20by20Rasmus20Hjortshoj06_BIG_DONG_Dortheavej_Image20by20Rasmus20Hjortshoj18_BIG_DONG_Dortheavej_Image20by20Rasmus20Hjortshoj

Photos: Rasmus Hjortshoj

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