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
Location: Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshaleøen
Period: July 1 – October 30
The (P)recast pavilion challenges conventional attitudes towards precast concrete in sustainable, equitable urban development.
As Denmark faces a wave of demolitions targeting post-war social housing, the (P)recast pavilion is taking a stand against the perception of these buildings as outdated and unattractive. (P)recast showcases innovative use of precast concrete elements, a construction system that has dominated the Danish industry since the 1950s.
The (P)recast research project explores the potential of reusing building components from structures built in Denmark from the 1950s onwards. With these buildings far from reaching their technical lifespan, the team questions whether their components can be reused in new construction, reducing resource consumption and could help Denmark meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitments. An innovative approach, with few references, making the pavilion the first of its kind in Denmark to showcase the reuse of unaltered precast concrete elements.
The concrete elements have been harvested in various demolitions in the metropolitan area of Copenhagen carried out by Tscherning & Søndergaard. The timber used to build the frames are harvested from Jagtvej 169 in the Østerbro borough of Copenhagen and is over 150 years old, however still fit to lift the heavy concrete.
Continously through the research project, the outcome will be shared with social housing corporations and municipalities across Denmark, empowering them to implement the reuse of precast concrete elements as soon as possible.
The partnership highlights industry-wide collaborative research within the methods and future of reuse of precast concrete elements.
“This pavilion showcases the demolition techniques necessary to implement full-scale reuse of precast concrete elements. The pavilion exhibits the elements whole, and without alteration to illuminate the fragility and aesthetics they have undressed. The pavilion structure is constructed with solely reused building materials, all of which are harvested in the metropolitan area of Copenhagen and is designed for disassembly such that the elements will return to use after the exhibition.”
Sustainability Engineer GXN
Partner & Architect GXN
After ended exhibition period, the pavilion will be disassembled and moved to a different location for further research.
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
Greenhouses rescued on the brink of demolition and transported to the new location at Jernbanebyen, repurposing and reconfiguring into new purposes. Architects: FORMA
OBEL AWARD: unPAVILION
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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)