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 contributes to more sustainable architecture as it is an important factor for people’s well-being and health. A space where the perceptual, aesthetic and poetic potential of daylight are experienced in a series of spaces. Architects: Royal Danish Academy & Claus Pryds Architects

03 Good Health and Well-Being

Reflections in Common

Find your reflection in the World Capital of Architecture 2023. It is a reminder of Copenhagen’s human centered approach to planning and architecture. Made by: Urgent agency and City of Copenhagen

12 Responsible Consumption and Production


A statement piece prompting curiosity, debate, and reflection on our contemporary and future uses of resources. The story of a rescued concrete barge otherwise slated for demolition, highlighting a dilemma that the construction industry must overcome. Architects: MAST

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Tower of Wind

A journey through the history of meteorology and insight into how future technology can help combat climate challenges. Architects: Anna Maria Indrio, Henning Frederiksen, Christian Fogh & Simone Aaberg Kærn.

09 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The Raft

Observe harbor life and feel the present environment with challenges that rising sea levels bring to coastal cities. A testament to the loss of underwater biodiversity, due to global warming. Architects: Studio Coquille and Tan & Blixenkrone

13 Climate Action


Showcases innovative use of precast concrete elements, a construction system that has dominated the Danish industry since the 1950s. Is it possible to reuse building components, minimizing resource consumption? Architects: 3XN/GXN

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

From 4 to 1 Planet

3 pieces that address how to reduce climate impact to a fourth of the current level without compromising on attractivity and liveability. Architects: ReVærk, Tegnestuen LOKAL, Leth & Gori and Rønnow Architects.

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Bricks in Common

Bricks are an energy-consuming material to produce. Each arch being the equivalent of 1 tonne CO2, the largest arch demonstrates up 75% in Co2 emission reduction using recycled bricks and new methods. Architects: AART, Mangor & Nagel

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Plastic Pavilion: Building Sustainable Societies

Future building materials need to be sustainable. Many of the synthetic materials (plastic) have these properties while at the same time being durable, lightweight, cheap, and easy to shape. Architects: Terroir

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Living Places Copenhagen

Building buildings with a three times lower CO2 footprint and a first-class indoor climate. Homes should be healthy, affordable, simple, shared over time and scalable. Architects: EFFEKT

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Feed Back

Explores the relationship between food systems and our urban infrastructure, architecture, and policy to reveal the environmental impacts of these structures, showcasing innovative techniques in food circularity that can be implemented in urban environments. Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


An interpretation of an actual development project in Uganda, the “Bio-Centre”. Through basic sanitary functions, a waste product is collected and refined into a resource that can be used in the residents’ stoves and for heating bathing water in the bio-centre. Volunteer with Architects Without Borders (Denmark)

06 Clean Water and Sanitation
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