Contemporary society is based on a “use and discard” mindset. This has caused an escalation in resource use over the past 70 years. Today we produce 1,3 billion tonnes of waste each year.

The industrialization, urbanization and growing wealth, have created an immeasurable amount of waste and pollution with irreversible consequences for the environment, the economy and human beings. Because of these consequences, there have been an increased focus on a national and global scale, to better manage the resources of the planet.

Ressource City, is developed in a collaboration with Næstved municipality and Center for Bæredygtigt Byggeri (Center for Sustainable Building). The project Ressource City takes a step in the toward a better use of the earth’s limited resources – a transition towards circular resource use.



60.000 m²

Denmark, Næstved


Næstved Kommune – Center for Bæredygtigt Byggeri


Næstved Kommune – Center for bæredygtig Byggeri





Partner in charge: Anders Lendager

Employees: Janne Fjeldtvedt, Christopher Carlsen, Malene Køster Lasthein


In Næstved municipality has a vision to create growth and jobs, by branding Næstved as the resource city of Denmark. This will happen by rethinking large unused areas in the municipality – an area called Maglemølle.

Maglemølle was once the place for Maglemølle paper mill. It is an old industrial area which covers an area of 600.000 m2. Maglemølle is in close proximity to the city and to the large road, that goes around Næstved. Furthermore the area in in juxtaposition to the channels in Næstved and through there, access to the sea.

In Maglemølle, the architecture and the engineering creates a unified whole. This creates an extraordinary new way of developing an existing industrial site. Maglemølle paper factory was previously the big driver for Næstved municipality with its 2500 workers. Maglemølle was the pride of Næstved.

From the excitement in the 1930’s, Maglemølle went through some profitable years, until in the 1970’s the factory started showing signs of crisis. The crisis for the factory continued, witch resulted in the closure of the mill in 1992.

To this day, huge crane bridges and monumental buildings stand as a shadow of their former self. The cranes are gone and the large machines have been exported. A sprawl of big and small companies have found a place to settle in the area. Meanwhile the decay sets in.


Ressource City is developed at three different scales: The Ressource City strategy (concept and strategy), Ressource City area plan (urban plan) and the Ressource Center (building). The three scales comes together to create the overall vision for Maglemølle. It is possible to read more about the Ressource City strategy in the strategy section on the website.

The architectural concept and the surrounding infrastructure, makes Maglemølle and attractive placement with potential for a new sustainable industry.

The area surrounding Maglemølle is very diverse and comprise of housing, retail- and business areas, recreational areas, forests, parks, and farming. The central placement of Maglemølle between city and harbour, between land and water, gives a unique opportunity to activate citizens and businesses in a new and healthy landscape typography.

The first step in the transformation of Ressource City is transforming the old power plant into the Ressource Center.

The Ressource Center is a knowledge center for resources, and the location for the secretariat, entrepreneurs, conferences and exhibitions.

For a long time Maglemølle has been a closed-off industrial are, which has been cut off from the city. By developing new infrastructure links to the surroundings, the area will be opened up. The border between the city and the industry will be dissolved and Maglemølle will be considered a part of the city.

A new infrastructure link, continuing in the path of the current main road, will cut the existing buildings in half. The new buildings will be cut down to attractive sizes. This will raise the value of the buildings and bring more openness, light and air into the buildings.

In Ressource City the citizens, the users and the consumers enter into a symbiosis with the production companies. On the recycle square there will be room for both the companies and the citizens. The recycle square will be an attractive urban space, where citizens can have their broken products repaired. There will be a recycle-bazar and a built-and-trade marked.

New development areas will also be available in Maglemølle with the possibility for a mixture of housing and business. There is a possibility to establish further connections to the central areas by constructing a new bridge, that connects Ressource City to the city and a gondola that gives access to Ressource City from the train station.


Vi imagine an industry so green, that recreational areas and experiences goes hand in hand with the processing of resources and the development of products. Here, the companies work within the framework of reuse and up-cycling – and thereby shows a path toward a society, that deals with waste as a resource. In this way, it is possible to save the use of resources already available and at the same time lower the demand on the earths raw materials. This will help to lower the CO2 emissions and work to restore the climate change caused by humans.

Furthermore there will be an enhancement of the biodiversity through the green connections in the area, where nature, culture and industry meets in a new part of the city.


People are at the foundation of Ressource City. It is people who has to take ownership for the ideas and the realization of Ressource City. It is through the citizens, businesses and education and municipality, that Ressource City will be anchored in the identity of Næstved.

With new access roads to the area, the Recycle square, open workshops, build-and trade markets, recreational green areas, sculpture parks, etc., Ressource City will be a new gathering place for Næstved and give the city a new identity and a new area to proud of.

The Ressource Center will house exhibitions, workshops, FabLab and other events, that will convey the development of Ressource City. The development of Ressource City is thereby a way to hand Maglemølle back to the citizens of Næstved.


The industry- and factory buildings in Maglemølle, which has a cultural and historic value, will be transformed to create a new physical framework Ressource City. By splitting the gigantic mass of the buildings into smaller parts, the buildings will become more attractive in a regard to infrastructure and light conditions. It will become easier for production companies to establish themselves in Ressource City.

To make use of the interior of the existing buildings, prefabricated boxes are places inside the exciting buildings. The existing buildings mass is therefore considered as a big shell where the prefabricated boxes are places inside. The boxes can contain different functions, this could be an administration in connection to a workshop or a line of production. The main part of the rooms that are brought to use in Ressource City only needs to be cleaned, which creates a very low entry bar when moving in to Ressource City.

The concept of prefabricated boxes inside the existing building mass, also applies for the transformation of the new Ressource Center and the transformation of the old power central. Here, the offices are build from a series of old containers within the protective shell of the existing buildings mass. This saves energy and materials in the buildings process. The containers work in a modular system, that makes extending the rooms easy.