161 general youth housing / Renovation and new construction

3.334 m² of new construction, 2.531 m² of existing building, 5.685 m² in total


Wissenberg / Opland Landskab

Environment standard
Energy Class 2020

Under construction

Lersø Parkallé 2, 2100 København Ø

Lersø Parkallé

The area around Jagtvej, Lersø Parkallé and Aldersrogade is characterized by its many beautiful educational institutions, including Nørre Fælled Skole, Copenhagen University and Copenhagen Technical High School.

The buildings are located in a park-like landscape, emphasizing the green nature of the area.

The project includes the renovation of the buildings previously used by the KEA Copenhagen Academy of Business, as well as the construction of three new buildings. The existing building by architect Axel Maar is part of the Functional Tradition, and makes clear reference to maritime architecture. With its timeless brick architecture, it was originally listed as a navigation school in 1953. It is essential to us to maintain as much of the existing building’s façade as possible.

A new 10-storey, circular building is placed along Jagtvej, acting as a corner landmark that adds special character to the area. Two lower buildings are located behind the circular building, one of 2 storeys, and one of 3 storeys. They are connected via a gallery to the existing building.

The tower is circular in shape, with protruded and retracted glass sections that create variation in the facade. A material like brick, slate or stone should be used here, referring to and playing with the existing building and neighbouring houses.

One of the main challenges in working with projects in the general housing sector is the economy of the project, which is determined on the basis of a projected budget. This requires close collaboration between the developer, project group and entrepreneur, to execute an economical project while maintaining a high arcitectural ambition.

The project achieves the construction of approximately 161 general youth housing units. The existing building will be renovated and rebuilt into 60 general youth homes. The corridors that once gave access to classrooms will be used as access roads to the individual homes. The existing basement will be used primarily for bicycle parking, laundry, depots and technology. The existing underlying community house is demolished, and the new 2 and 3 storey houses are built, accounting for 25 general youth homes. The new 10-storey building will accommodate 76 youth houses and common living areas on the ground floor. The new gallery houses have a south-facing rooftop terrace.

Existing walls, floors and ceilings will remain, adding new insulation where necessary to meet regulation. New construction work will take place only where necessary to achieve the desired number of homes. Windows are also preserved as much as possible. A new elevator built in the existing stairwells will give access to the new buildings via the gallery. The circular shape of the new 10-storey building is optimized to minimize access area, thus producing as much m2 in as little space as possible.

Small and smaller, affordable housing: The project offers 161 smaller youth homes, aimed at students. This means producing a building model with low consumption costs and low rental rates. In addition to well-functioning apartments, the common facilities provided support the project’s overall focus on community and social life.

Having outdoor areas helps to support the community context, and create good social opportunities. A central square is created, which generates a campus-like environment.

Central heating systems are installed with heat recovery in each building, which ensures the lowest possible energy consumption while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. Roof water from the new buildings is removed via a LAR drainage system. Selected trees that contribute a special character to the scheme are preserved.

Process and collaboration
A successful process with the authorities and the developer in connection with the preparation of a new local plan, contributed to the foundation of this project. The project is focused on achieving a high-rise building, while still accomplishing a certain architectural quality with a focus on community and social life, which act as the focal point of the entire settlement.

Provided academic disciplines and applied competencies
Local Planning, Project and Design Management, Concept Development and Sketching, Programming, Design Supply Management and Professional Supervision.