Stacked for Space
BIG fulfils “Homes for All” mission for non-profit affordable housing association Lejerbo with the 6,800m2 winding wall in Copenhagen’s multicultural north-west area
The building offers 66 new homes to low-income citizens featuring unprecedented 3.5-m ceilings, generous floor to ceiling windows and outdoor terraces, realized on a strict budget. Named after its address, Dortheavej, in the northwest part of Copenhagen, the 5-story building winds through the area characterized by car repair shops, storage and industrial buildings from the 1930s-50s. BIG was commissioned to design Dortheavej in 2013 by Danish nonprofit affordable housing association, Lejerbo, whose mission is drafted by Danish urban space designer Jan Gehl. BIG was asked to create much needed public space in the area while keeping the pedestrian passageways open and the adjacent green yard untouched. In the beginning of 2018, BIG and Lejerbo were honored by the Danish Association of Architects with the Lille Arne Award for prioritizing the spatial qualities of the residences and the building strategy on a strict affordable housing budget.
The north facing façade looks towards an enclosed green courtyard which residents of Dortheavej and the neighboring buildings can use for recreational activities.