Location: Banegaarden, Otto Busses Vej 45

Period: June onwards

The Greenhouse is a space inviting entrepreneurs, visitors and the local community to reconnect with nature and learn the importance of nurturing ecosystems for current and future generations. The pavilion is a lighthouse project, highlighting the need and potential of green, educational and regenerative spaces in the hearts of our cities and a clubhouse-space to meet and explore regenerative futures for our cities in the face of the climate crisis.

Illustrations: FORMA


Sara Martinsen
re:arc institute


The new event- and educational space is built around the transformation of the 100-year-old propagation greenhouses from the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens. The greenhouses were rescued on the brink of demolition and transported to the new location at Jernbanebyen.

The pavilion is meant to  include vital learning spaces for children and adults, inspiring and passing down climate focused knowledge of reductional, regenerative and resilient practices.

The greenhouses aspire to become a desired location for sustainability events and initiatives, helping people and organizations to learn and grow sustainably, together.

The partnership consist of four different partners from completely different fields, working from the same ethos and mission driven values: to help create a more sustainable future.

All four work around the idea that the architecture and materials of the future are already here – they are just disguised as different buildings or stored in another configuration. In short – the buildings of the future will be built from existing buildings and material recovered from other projects.

“We need to design and build so the projects of today can transform and adapt over time, long after we are gone. Just like we are doing now. To realize a project like Væksthuset, requires us to understand traditional craftmanship, materials and vernacular.
Therefore, a large part of our pavilion starts from the repurposing of another discarded building and the design challenges this creates, to reconfigure this into new purpose and program and to recontextualize this for a new context.”

Mikkel Bøgh
Arkitekt MAA


The temporary idea of a pavilion has been discarded in favor of a permanent innovation and educational space, hopefully creating impact among communities, in business and for our environment
During and after serving as pavilion for UIA related events, the Greenhouse will become the home of Banegaarden’s ‘Green-Growth Academy’ which is a green-innovation cluster created to help companies with sustainable development through concrete initiatives, innovation, and concept development


Poetic Daylight

Daylight gives us an understanding of where we are in the world and of the spaces, we find ourselves in every day. The ‘Poetic Daylight’ pavilion, unfolds the spatial qualities of daylight, where the perceptual, aesthetic and poetic potential of daylight can be experienced in a series of spaces.

03 Good Health and Well-Being

The Raft

A sensory structure landing on one of Copenhagen canal’s floating platforms, aiming at offering visitors a direct and playful sensorial experience with the water.

13 Climate Action


Investigating the role of precast concrete in sustainable equitable urban development. Is it possible to reuse the building components of these buildings in new construction, minimizing resource consumption?

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

From 4 to 1 Planet

How do we reduce climate impact from residential buildings to a fourth of the current level without compromising on attractivity and liveability?

Find three different answers to this question in our three pavilions, developed by next generations architects.

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Bricks in Common

The brick pavilion ‘Bricks in Common’ brings our attention to this double bind: brick has a potentially long lifespan – it is, however, also a very energy-consuming material to produce. If we want brick to play a larger part of the sustainable development, we need further innovation, development, and more design for disassembly.

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Living Places Copenhagen

Living Places Copenhagen – the first seven prototypes of the concept, show how we can develop sustainable buildings with a three times lower CO2 footprint and a first-class indoor climate. The concept holds the lowest CO2 emissions in Denmark, demonstrating that we do not have to wait for future technology to build more sustainably

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Feed Back

Different lenses on food systems. The pavilion uses virtual spatial design to guide the audience through an exhibition that explores the content of the publication in a gallery-like experience. Users take part of the exhibit space by using their own mobile devices through virtual reality features.

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Architects Without Border’s pavilion is an interpretation of one of their actual development projects, the “Bio-Centre”. Through basic sanitary functions, a bio-center provides crucial services in a densely packed slum – while creating a social focal point.

06 Clean Water and Sanitation
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