2018 - oct 2020
Diversity and more community, please
How do we get a more differentiated housing market in Denmark?
Community and diversity in the ways we live and interact is a cornerstone in the architectural practice of Vandkunsten Architects. That is why we have initiated the research project “DiversifyNow!”. The project investigates existing cases and examples of alternative housing forms in order to develop new alternative housing products for the Danish market.
Particular focus is on community-oriented and cooperative housing and building forms which can contribute to long term resilient and socially sustainable neighbourhoods, as well as facilitate a resource-saving lifestyle. Both the inhabitants’, the developers’ and the decision makers’ perspectives are important, to document spatial and social organization patterns.
The projects questions the boundaries for the building industry in Denmark today and points towards how financing and regulation better can support a more diversified housing supply.
The main aim of the project is to develop new housing concepts and products, in parallel with development of a manifesto and debate about housing policy. In the product development phase, a workshop series focused on discussing a housing utopia will be a central element, with invited representative form the building industry and inhabitants with experience from alternative housing projects.
The project is supported by the Innovation Fund through the Industrial Post Doc programme.
Vandkunsten's own cases
The more in depth Danish cases are to a large extent from Vandkunsten’s own portfolio, where from the beginning a fundamental principle for the office has been to create new sustainable ways to build housing, at the same time as academic affiliation with the Danish National Building Research Institute ensures a wider academic relevance.
Container housing on temporary urban building plots
CPH Village is a startup that challenges students to live together in temporary villages and at very limited spaces- the organization of the housing form has challenged the conventional building sector as well as the national planning act in order to realize their first project. The company sees themselves as housing pioneers and a housing laboratory
Project name: Diversify Now! Alternative housing forms
Client: Vandkunsten Architects and supported by the Innovation Fund
Location: Vandkunsten Architects
Date: 2018 - oct 2020
Cost of construction: DKK 1,4 Mio
Program: Alternative housing forms
Activity: Research and design
Job type: Industrial Post doc
Contact: Silje Erøy Sollien, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project group: Søren Nielsen, Jan Albrechtsen, Pernille Schyum Poulsen, Anne-Mette Manelius Greisen, Katrine West Kristensen, Mirjam Hallin, Salma Zavari, Asbjørn Staunstrup Lund, Marie-Gesine Kauschen, Christian Stahlfest Holck Skov, Kristian Martinsen, Silje Erøy Sollien
Consultant: Akademisk mentor Claus Bech-Danielsen (SBi)