Architecture

Copenhagen tower will encourage residents to grow their own greens

Copenhagen tower will encourag...
Construction on the project is due to start in April 2017
Construction on the project is due to start in April 2017
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Construction on the project is due to start in April 2017
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Construction on the project is due to start in April 2017
The tower will rise to a height of 46.4 m (152 ft)
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The tower will rise to a height of 46.4 m (152 ft)
The firm says that the facade's novel shape, combined with the ample greenery will help manage rainwater and shield balcony users from the wind
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The firm says that the facade's novel shape, combined with the ample greenery will help manage rainwater and shield balcony users from the wind
It's due to be located in Copenhagen's historic Carlsberg area
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It's due to be located in Copenhagen's historic Carlsberg area
The building borrows design elements from nearby buildings, including the Carlsberg Brewery
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The building borrows design elements from nearby buildings, including the Carlsberg Brewery
It will comprise a total floorspace of 9,500 sq m (102,257 sq ft)
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It will comprise a total floorspace of 9,500 sq m (102,257 sq ft)
Each resident will be encouraged to grow vegetables on their balcony garden
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Each resident will be encouraged to grow vegetables on their balcony garden

Danish firm Studio Lokal is planning to build a new residential high-rise on a former vegetable market in Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from this, the tower will offer each resident access to their own private balcony garden, with which they will be encouraged to grow their own fruit and veg for eating, selling, and trading.

The Hanging Gardens project follows an architectural competition and will be located in a historic area of Carlsberg. In a bid to ensure it doesn't clash with the surrounding older buildings, it borrows minor design elements from them, including the relief of the nearby Carlsberg Brewery.

Greenery-clad buildings are definitely in vogue with developers lately – take Bosco Verticale, for example – and this project is broadly similar. It's due to rise to a maximum height of 46.4 m (152 ft) and comprise a total floorspace of 9,500 sq m (102,257 sq ft).

Locally-sourced materials will be used for construction wherever possible, and the tower will be topped by an enclosed rooftop garden. Other areas of the building include green roofs and rooftop areas that will be accessible to residents.

The firm says that the facade's novel shape, combined with the ample greenery will help manage rainwater and shield balcony users from the wind
The firm says that the facade's novel shape, combined with the ample greenery will help manage rainwater and shield balcony users from the wind

Studio Lokal says that the facade's checkered design, combined with its ample greenery will help manage rainwater, shield balcony users from the wind, and reduce solar heat gain inside the apartments. There will be a total of 200 balcony gardens in all, providing each resident with access to their own private mini garden.

While even the most green fingered residents will surely struggle to grow a great yield in such a small balcony space, the ground floor of the tower will hold a regular farmer's market at which they can buy, sell, and trade their produce.

The project is due to begin construction in April, 2017.

Source: Studio Lokal

3 comments
JoanHilton
Did they factor in that the north side of this structure doesn't get as much sun as the rest of the building? Therefore some residence won't be able to grow as much because of their location. It will be interesting to see how this experiment turns out.
voluntaryist
Lots of trivial details, but no mention what size a "...small balcony space" is. Why? Does it allow rain collection & storage? Spectrum selection for maximizing production? Cost/size of the apartments?
NorbertKausen
Trying to pass off development as something progressive to uninformed people! This is nothing more than the destruction of a green area! People had better start to realize that all this development is doing NOTHING positive to this world... on the contrary, it is slowly destroying our natural habitats and environment! "Pave paradise and put up a parking lot"!