Urbanization is a current trend that brings with it both potentials as well as challenges. As more and more people move away from rural areas and towards  big cities, we witness an expansion of urban settlements. New exciting residential areas develop around big cities, but what happens to the vacated homes? When the abandoned homes are not resold, they are often left empty and eventually demolished, resulting in large amounts of material being wasted.

When moving to the city we see a huge potential to bring with us the intact materials that can be reused for the construction of new homes. This means that newly built homes could reduce their CO2 footprints by up to 70% in the construction phase, since the building materials have already had a life in another context.

The Resource Rows will become Denmark’s first residential area built out of materials from abandoned homes!




Denmark, Ørestad







In progress



Partner in charge: Anders Lendager

Project manager: Anette Orth Laybourn

Employees: Iben Nørkjær, Torben Vestergaard, Niklas Nolsøe, Sunniva Garshol, Signe Balthazar Munk, Nicholas Ransome, Mathias Ruø Rasmussen, Kaare Karrebæk Thun


Ørestad Syd is a new development area in Copenhagen and thus an area with a unique opportunity to define the framework for future life in the city. Here there is no need to choose between urban life or life in close connection with nature. As part of a rapidly growing Copenhagen and neighboring the protected nature area of Kalvebod Fælled, it is possible to get the best of both worlds.

The future of Copenhagen should be a city that takes climate change seriously and makes the best use of all available resources. It should therefore be based on the notion that waste does not exist and that all materials, buildings, cities and people are considered resources that always maintain value. This way of thinking has great potential to generate economic, environmental and social value over time.


Resource efficiency and optimization form the underlying concept of the project. We have been working to challenge and investigate what a thorough understanding of the concept of resources can bring about in terms of value and quality for new constructions. This work has been based on five different focus areas: materials, energy, water, social and biodiversity.

A significant and innovative concept in the project is thus to reuse brick facades from abandoned homes directly in the new building. By cutting the facades of the abandoned homes and installing them in steel frames, they can be used as facade modules in the new building.


Building waste today represents a huge untapped resource, which will be exploited for the construction of Resource Rows. We will ensure that the valuable building materials move to the cities when people move. By reusing the walls from the abandoned dwellings as new facade elements, you save CO2 and virgin materials, while also getting a new building with history and character from day one.

WHAT IF: – We could create homes with history? – we could build new dwellings out of waste such as old paper residue, residual wood, crushed concrete, and brick? – we could build exclusive sustainable housing at no additional cost? – we could minimize the total carbon footprint of the dwellings by 70%, corresponding to 23 tonnes of CO2?

WHY: – We reconsider and reuse the untapped resources in “construction waste” to build new homes! – We build using sustainable, non toxic and certified materials! – The utilization of existing resources has a positive direct impact on the environment!


We have an ambition to make it easier to live affordable and more resource efficiently in Copenhagen’s new residential buildings. Through the processing of the building envelope alone, it is possible to lower the energy consumption for the operation of the homes.

This means that the residents of Resource Rows can afford cheaper housing without any additional effort in their daily lives!


Reusing rainwater for toilet flushing and irrigation is an important part of Resource Rows’ identity. For non-potable uses, tap water is replaced with rainwater that is collected from solar cells and other unused ‘clean’ roof surfaces. Rainwater from roof terraces is collected and stored for irrigation of the landscape. This intensive use of rainwater results in considerable economic savings on utility costs for the residents.


The quality of life in Resource Rows has been developed based on the motto “The community thrives best if there is space for the individual”. It is founded on a strong community and neighborhood that does not interfere with the individual’s right to privacy and self-expression. – and it’s about the Sharing Economy. The Sharing Economy, which has flourished in recent years, proves that it is extremely practical to allow resources that are otherwise unused to be shared by people other than the owner. This provides an economic incentive to all parties involved.


In Resources Rows, a greatly enhanced biodiversity is incorporated with ordinary residential buildings. Not only because it improves the quality of life for the residents and enhances the feeling of living in symbiosis with nature, but also because in this way the building gives more back to its surroundings than it takes. The green areas of this previously uninhabited district are thus reshaped into roof gardens, courtyards, green roofs and vertical gardens that support a varied wildlife, where buildings and nature are not each other’s opposites. Rather, the two come together to create a synergistic space for the benefit of all residents.

The integration of green infrastructure acts as a common thread throughout the settlement and the understanding of natural cycles becomes an integral part of the residents’ daily lives, yielding a return not only in the form of plenty of fresh vegetables, but hopefully also by increasing their environmental awareness.

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