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 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

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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