2015 - 2019

Liv­ing to­gether in mod­ern co-hous­ing

Co-Housing in wood

A start-up approached Vandkunsten Architects with a vision to create a series of modern co-housing villages with plenty of shared facilities, and community feeling.

Vandkunsten has developed a comprehensive building principle and a series of site-specific master plans for the client. The cohousing concept offers endless variations on a theme and the different spatial-unit designs are used as an architectural tool for providing variation in the village and flexibility for its inhabitants. The formal design creates a separate identity and adds new spatial qualities to the houses. The buildings themselves and life within them promote a special concept for the community.

A generous influx of light is ensured by the building depth of no more than 7.5 metres.

A series of row houses are put together on a shared lot.

The housing concept consists of small, compact living units with small front gardens

Additional modules can be added to a basic living unit

Various configurations of units satisfy different needs: from the tiny micro-unit – intended as student digs, single-parent homes, or senior residences – to the largest unit of 125m2, with enough space for several play rooms and nurseries.

Social back-bone and climate adaptation

Everybody has direct access to the wild garden in the Lejre project. The garden double functions to obtain surface water and is the direct access to the community house

12% communal space

12% of the built floor space is shared, in the form of a large community house and several smaller facilities distributed across the development. These can be used as music rooms and workshops, teenage dens and tool sheds

Project facts


Project name: Skråningen

Category:Co-Housing, Housing, Planning, Wood

Client: Eco-Village and CASA

Location: Lejre

Date: 2015 - 2019

Status: Stage 1 completed - Stage 2 under construction


Program: Housing and community

Activity: Concept development and new construction

Job type: Commision

Construction system: Wood-based prefabricated box units

Contact: Jan Albrechtsen,

Project group: Pernille Schyum Poulsen, Thomas Nybo Rasmussen, Rikke Møller Andersen, Casper Phillip Ebbesen, Emil Bruun Meyer, Camilla Libonati, Pauline Faaborg, Nick Dyhr, Jan Albrechtsen