Project Description

UN17 Village

Addressing all 17 UN SDGs in one project

Why don’t we use UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as design tools? Why don’t we design buildings to make it easier to implement a sustainable lifestyle? Why don’t we design to reduce inequality, by creating a diverse, healthy and strong neighbourhoods, where people can live regardless of family structure and age?

About

In 2018 we won the competition to develop the last plot in Ørestad South. The detailed competition proposal featured the first housing development in the world to address all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): UN17 Village. Our design included 400 new homes and the project had particular focus on using sustainable resources to create healthy communities.

The vision was to create not only an iconic and sustainable building from recycled materials, but also the opportunity for a sustainable lifestyle. UN17 Village therefore looks at the whole lifecycle of the building – including material use, health, and quality of life. The proposal comprises five housing blocks built from recycled concrete and wood, as well as upcycled windows and each focusing on a different point of action: biodiversity, energy, health, water and air.

The structures would rely on sustainable energy. Each building topped with a rooftop garden, to encourage biodiversity, and they would also feature rainwater collection capable of recycling 1.5 million liters of water every year.

37 different housing typologies with a mix of family dwellings, co-living spaces and senior accommodation would secure diversity, and in total house up to 830 people, including 175 children and 100 older residents and create an estimated 100 jobs. The aim was to reduce inequality, by creating a diverse and strong neighbourhood, to further this, 3,000 square-metres of the complex is dedicated to communal spaces for use by both the residents and the people of Ørestad. Other facilities will include a conference centre that hosts sustainability-focused events, an organic restaurant, greenhouses and food-sharing facilities, to encourage people to grow their own food and reduce waste.

Sustainable Impact

HEALTH IMPACT

  • UN17 Village reduces indoor air pollution up to 60% by increased ventilation, quality air filtering and minimal use of chemicals
  • Compound offers a common pool, spar, sauna and gym
  • Green roof spaces encourage and enable outdoor activity

ENERGY IMPACT

  • 100% sustainable electricity
  • Heat pumps powered by solar panels
  • Water heated by solar water heating panels
  • One cluster of buildings is designed to produce more energy than it needs and will distribute power and heating to the other buildings

RESOURCE IMPACT

  • 1.5 million litres of rainwater recycled annually
  • 15 tonnes of locally produced vegetables annually
  • 30,000 locally produced ecological meals annually
  • Built with upcycled wood, glass and concrete
  • Sharing facilities including food, tools, bikes and cars

INNOVATION IMPACT

  • SDGs used as a design tool
  • Large percentage of upcycled windows
  • Upcycled concrete
  • Upcycled structural and interior wood

SOCIAL IMPACT

  • 37 different housing typologies with a mix of family apartments, co-living spaces and senior accommodation. Housing up to 830 people and creating 100 unskilled jobs for marginalised workers
  • 3,000m2 of shared space open to visitors
  • Reduces inequality by creating a diverse and strong neighbourhood where people can live regardless of family structure and age
  • Green roof spaces for the residents facilitates a togetherness and ownership of the project

BIODIVERSITY IMPACT

  • The Village aims to produce enough food for 30,000 meals every year by growing crops on the roofs and in the greenhouses
  • Each building will have a rooftop garden with local vegetation that supports natural habitats totalling 2,000 m2 and increasing biodiversity by 50%. The vegetation and green areas help to counteract the loss of flora and biodiversity caused by urban growth

’37 different housing typologies with a mix of family apartments, co-living spaces and senior accommodation. Housing up to 830 people and creating 100 unskilled jobs for marginalised workers.’

Sustainable Impact

Social

‘1.5 million litres of rainwater recycled, 15 tonnes of locally produced vegetables, and 30,000 locally produced ecological meals annually.’

Sustainable Impact

Resource

‘One cluster of buildings is designed to produce more energy than it needs and will distribute power and heating to the other buildings.’

Sustainable Impact

Energy

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  • UN17_Plan2
  • UN17_opstalt1

Location

Oerestad, Copenhagen

Clients

NREP

Year

2020