Location:  Otto Busses Vej 29A

Period: April 22 – November 15

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.

Illustrations: EFFEKT Architects


Enemærke & Petersen


With the building industry accounting for 34% of the global energy consumption and 37% of the global CO2 emissions, in the latest report from the UN’s climate panel, it is clear that low carbon solutions must be scaled and implemented. One of those solutions can be experienced in Copenhagen from today.

With the groundbreaking project Living Places Copenhagen, the VELUX Group and its partners, demonstrate how to build homes with a CO2 footprint of 3.8 kg/CO2/m2/year – three times lower than the current Danish legislation of 12 kg CO2/m2/year – and to a price that matches the market price for a one-family house or rowhouses at scale. Furthermore, Living Places Copenhagen is designed with a strong focus on creating a healthy indoor climate using daylight and fresh air and delivers a best in class indoor climate.

Living Places Copenhagen is the first prototype showcasing the overall concept – Living Places – initiated by the VELUX Group, EFFEKT architects and Artelia engineers. The vision is to lead the way within the building industry and show how rethinking buildings can help solve some of the global climate- and health challenges. The concept is based on five key principles: homes should be healthy, affordable, simple, shared over time and scalable. These principles can be applied to new or existing buildings and communities.

As an official partner to the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen, Living Places Copenhagen hosts a programme of debates and activities designed to drive and accelerate change in the built industry.

“Living Places is created in an experimental spirit; at VELUX, we believe that one experiment is better than 1000 expert assumptions. Living Places Copenhagen is a proof of our concept to show how to build in a sustainable way.

We wish to drive the transition towards sustainable construction, scalable for the entire sector, both in terms of processes and solutions that can be used in construction on a large scale.”

Lone Feifer
Director of Sustainable Buildings, The VELUX Group


Reused either onsite or on other location.


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

The Greenhouse

Greenhouses rescued on the brink of demolition and transported to the new location at Jernbanebyen, repurposing and reconfiguring into new purposes. Architects: FORMA

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


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

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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