Introduction

The ambition for the project, Solhusene (The Sun Houses) in Købmandsbyen (The Merchants Village), is to create a development strategy which creates a comfortable, physically active and car free housing area, as well as a framework for houses where the dream of the healthy city can be realized!

Good health is one of the fundamental prerequisites for a sustainable way of life. The housing acts as the physical, social and environmental framework that makes choosing a healthy life an easy option.

TYPE, SIZE, SITE

Housing, culture and commercial

29.000 m²

Denmark, Bagsværd

CUSTOMER

Sophienberg

PARTNERS

Mangor & Nagel

STATUS, YEAR

Delivered

2012

TEAM

Partner in charge: Anders Lendager

Employees: Christopher Carlsen, Jenny Haraldsdottir, Jonas Tesch Hallberg, Karól Kvaran

Context

A well-integrated district creates life by understanding the inherent qualities of Bagsværd and by adding functions that create connections, historical references and more than anything else, qualities for the city and its inhabitants.

Concept

“Making use of the passive and spatial properties of architecture to create a potential reduction in energy consumption of 25%.” (SBI)

”A BUILDING’S GEOMETRY CAN FROM THE FIRST SKETCH REDUCE ITS ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY 50%.”

The building geometry is considered as an organism that can realize the potential for economical, social and environmental sustainability.

Environment

“High density can reduce energy consumption by up to 70% and reduce the use of resources by approx. 45%.” (SBI)

”AS A BUILDING’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY RISES, THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY NEEDED FROM FOSSIL FUELS FALLS.”

Social

The high density of Købmandsbyen (Bagsværd) and very inclusive structure creates squares and pockets that can act as hubs and attractors for markets, cafés, shops, playgrounds and general activity. The buildings’ terraced roof gardens encourage both rest and activity, thus including more levels into the street life and merging the yard space with the public space.

The running trails, playgrounds, allotment gardens, parkour landscape, football pitches, bike lanes and fruit bushes in Købmandsbyen all invite residents and visitors to engage in spontaneous activities.

Thereby the urban space becomes a recreational landscape with many opportunities for exercise, meeting neighbours and becoming an active part of town.

Economy

”Choice of materials and building custom with passive solutions gives a possible reduction in primary energy consumption of 50%.” (SBI)

Recycling of materials has a historical reference and includes the most CO2-reducing potential e.g. recycled bricks. Solhusene wont just be recycled, they will be upcycled!

The environmental considerations are often called Life Cycle Costing (LCC), which is summary of the entire cost of the building from erection to demolition.

The ambition of the project Solhusene in Købmandsbyen is to create a development strategy that produces a comfortable, physically active and car free living area in addition to creating the framework for houses where the dream of the healthy city can become reality!