The the worlds most visited architecture website, ArchDaily,  have published an illustrated article about the UN17 Village. ArchDaily have 13 million visitors a month and at Lendager Group we are proud to give them a chance to see our project which raises the bar for sustainability in the build environment.

“Sustainability startup Lendager Group have beat out BIG and Henning Larsen in a competition to design a new eco-village in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the project UN17 villageLendager Group designed the first project in the world that will translate all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into tangible action. After nearly 25 years of planning, the 400 new homes will complete the new city district, Ørestad South.” Read the article here!

BIG thanks to our team and partners:

Architects: Lendager Group, Årstiderne Arkitekter

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Projectleader: Philip Rufus Knauf

Project Team: Jacob Blak, Sophie Daugaard Andersen, Majken Lynge Gribskjold, Kristian Knorr Jensen, Stephanie Levassor, Agata Marzec , Nicholas Ransome, Daniel Veenboer

Partners-in-Charge: Anders Lendager

Project Area: 35.000 m2

Project Year: 2018-

Client: NREP

Engineering: Moe and Arup

Visualizations: TMRW

#UN17village #aarhussydhavn #vinderprojekt #vihardetforvildt #urbanmetabolisme




The UN17 Village is the first building project in the world that translates all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into tangible action. The project – which has just won a development contest in Copenhagen, Denmark – is led by Lendager Group.

Pioneering sustainability solutions and commitment to the 17 SDGs were the decisive factors securing Lendager Group’s bid to design the UN17 Village – 400 new homes in Copenhagen, Denmark. The contest marks the end of 25 years of development, completing the new city district, Ørestad South. Lendager Group worked with the partners: NREP, Årstiderne Arkitekter, MOE og Arup.


In nature, waste does not exist: The built environment is responsible for more than 30% of our global emissions. However, it does not have to be this way. In nature, waste does not exist: organisms regenerate themselves and use dead organic materials as building blocks for future growth. The UN17 Village showcases how we can decouple growth from emissions by looking at waste as a resource, and by making sustainability and growth support each other without compromising on quality, aesthetics or price.  The UN17 Village will be built of upcycled waste – such as concrete, wood and window glass. Lendager Group has developed upcycled materials designed for use on an industrial scale. The products are harvested and processed locally, creating local jobs and enabling the construction of tomorrow’s cities from today’s waste globally.


Designed to be sustainable: The UN17 Village is designed to be sustainable from multiple perspectives: environmental, social, operational, indoor-climate-related and bio-diverse. As one of the world’s most alternative and sustainable building projects, the waste materials used are upcycled to create nontoxic and certified materials. The houses are designed with a spacious feel, all their elements helping to promote sustainable living and to create a good indoor climate. With rooftop solar panels, the houses are potentially self-sufficient. The biodiversity of the neighbourhood increases with the roof gardens: this is a housing project with a design that incentivises sustainable living.


“With the UN17 Village, we wanted to create not only an iconic and sustainable building from recycled materials, but also the opportunity for a sustainable lifestyle. So far, the focus in sustainable buildings has mainly been on their operational carbon emissions. We are looking at the whole life cycle of the building – including materials use, health, and quality of life,” explains Anders Lendager, CEO and founder of Lendager Group.


He continues: “We have developed a scalable process that brings all 169 milestones from the SDGs into focus. By translating these into concrete solutions, we have created a tool that makes it possible for everyone in the industry to implement the SDGs and to evaluate the result.”

Visualizations: TMRW


As much as 50% of the lifetime CO2 footprint of a building originates from the building process and the materials used. The Danish government has just agreed to have a commission look at ways to incentivise the use of climate friendly building materials including reused- and upcycled materials as part of the transition to a circular economy.

Politiken Byrum asked Anders Lendager to comment on the new initiative, here is a summary of what he said:

Materials we today consider as part of the solution often shows up to be energy intensive in the production process. As an example, he mentions isolation materials made of melted stone and glass. To Anders Lendager the debate is important, because it is the only way we can assess whether a building is sustainable seen in a lifetime perspective. We can use this knowledge to change the choices we make in the design process. However, he states, we have enough data already and we need to implement now.

Read the entire article here.




The new Reform kitchen, UP by Lendager, is made of solid wood. What makes it unique is that the wood comes from upcycled offcuts that would otherwise have ended up as waste.

Waste is a resource that can be upcycled to give it a new life. At Lendager Group we are experts in upcycling materials that would otherwise have been dumped. One example is the new Reform kitchen, UP by Lendager. The kitchen is made of solid wood from exclusive offcuts that would otherwise have ended up as waste.

“The Reform Kitchen, UP by Lendager Group, is inspired by classic Nordic craftsmanship. It is designed by Lendager Group using excess materials that would otherwise have been dumped. The wood comes from high-quality offcuts from the exclusive wooden flooring company, Dinesen, which delivers floors to galleries, restaurants and homes throughout the world. We upcycle the material and give it a new life, thus helping to solve a waste problem as well as a climate problem,” explained Anders Lendager, CEO of the Lendager Group.

The kitchen is produced and sold by the Danish kitchen manufacturer Reform. The company produces high-quality kitchens in collaboration with the best Danish and internationally recognised architects and designers.

Photos by Reform



Have you got your copy of the new Bo Bedre-magazine?

In the leading Danish magazine within architecture and design you can read more about our circular residential project The Resource Rows! The projects shows the future sustainable way of living – with material reuse and biodiversity as a natural part of the everyday life.

And as Bo Bedre states, then will we in the future Copenhagen “(…) live in Resource Rows that solve the urbanization issue and take care of the rapidly increasing climate changes”.

The project is being built in collaboration with Arkitektgruppen, NREP and MOE.



Hear Anders Lendager on Circular Construction Challenge in an awesome video by Danish Design Centre on our Facebook-page!

Lendager Group is in the jury at the fantastic initiative by Realdania.

Let’s create new circular solutions in the built environment!

#circularconstructionchallenge #jurymember #realdania #danishdesigncentre #bloxhub #buildinggreen 



This Saturday on 1 September 2018 DR TV AVISEN interviewed Anders Lendager at Upcycle Studios and The Resource Rows in Copenhagen!

In the TV-spot DR talks to Rasmus Jarlov (Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs) and Anders Lendager about his view on The Government’s new ‘Strategy for circular economy’. The strategy is launched to switch Denmark to circular economy, where the value of materials are used fully – with minimized waste.

And yes, they misspelled Anders’ last navn. But the message is perfectly said!

In the two projects, our team uses upcycle bricks, upcycle windows, upcycle wood and upcycle concrete.

The Resource Rows and Upcycle Studios are developed in close collaboration with our sustainable friends from Arkitektgruppen, NREP and MOE.

See the TV-spot in DR TV AVISEN from 11:10.

#danishbroadcastingcorporation #tvavisen #anderslendager #upcyclestudios #theresourcerows #circulareconomy #sustainablearchitecture #nrep #arkitektgruppen #moe #lendagergroup



Yes, it’s Monday again. And it’s raining. It’s time to read our new A Changemaker’s Guide to the Future!

#cechangemakers #anderslendager #dittelysgaardvind #circulareconomy #sustainablearchitecture #yournewbusinessopportunity 




Today we are finally ready to launch our brand new book “A Changemaker’s Guide to the Future” by Anders Lendager and Ditte Lysgaard Vind at BLOXHUB in Copenhagen, Denmark!

In the book we share our experiences with circular economy and discuss how to future-proof your business and our society through design-thinking and value innovation.

#cechangemakers #booklaunch #anderslendager #dittelysgaardvind #realdania #bloxhub #circulareconomy #sustainablearchitecture