Welcome to Living Places, a new way of thinking about buildings.
VELUX has partnered with EFFEKT architects, MOE engineers and Enemærke & Petersen contractors to showcase a new way of thinking about our homes and the impact they have on our planet. We call this initiative ‘Living Places’.
Living Places will premiere in 2023 in Copenhagen when the city takes on the title of the World Capital of Architecture. The prototype is built as seven examples, with five open pavilions and two completed homes, each with its own specific program, curated to show the synergy between how we live in homes, in communities, and how we have Copenhagen in common.
Living Places Copenhagen is a partner platform for how we will live together, and discuss future buildings, homes, our everyday lives and our communities, empowering people to investigate solutions for construction and living.
What if we could think about buildings in a new way?
“To me, Living Places is a new way of thinking about buildings, based on five principles which can be applied to any home, community, city and village. We strive for healthy homes for people and the planet, carefully choosing design, materials and known technology. We aim to strengthen a sense of belonging and community by combining private and shared spaces. Using simple building systems which require little maintenance and can easily be upgraded, repaired, and fitted with smart appliances – and smart people. The homes are adaptable to diverse ways of living. Finally, we will try to unlock well-designed affordable housing for many"
- Sinus Lynge, Partner, EFFEKT architects.
The project will showcase 1:1 solutions that lower carbon emissions and provide healthy homes and communities, demonstrating that we do not have to wait for future technology to move the built environment into a more responsible and regenerative position.
"You spend 65% of your time at home, so your living space is very important for your personal health and wellbeing, and how you perform and thrive at work, school, sports etc. The Living Places concept adapts as your needs change over the day, the year, and the time in your life. We are strongly committed to pushing for healthy buildings which promote wellbeing for people and the planet, and we walk the talk by transforming spaces into favourite living places. The Living Places concept aims to build with an environmental footprint within the planetary boundaries and with an indoor climate class I – over the entire life cycle of the building"
- Lone Feifer, architect and director for Sustainable Buildings, VELUX.
Living Places demonstrates that we already have all the technology we need to build healthy and sustainably. Let ́s walk the talk and make the change today.
What if we could build homes that are healthy for the planet?
We took a look at the most common Danish homes. We examined materials, construction, utilities and architecture. We then asked ourselves how rethinking everything can bring us closer to building homes with significantly less impact on the planet.
At this point, calculations show that we might be able to achieve a 70% emission reduction compared to an average Danish single-family house. It doesn’t seem like we have to wait for any future technology to accomplish this.
"We have all the knowledge and technology we need for the built environment to create responsible and regenerative solutions. The industry of today can reach our climate goals using simple principles.
We are currently creating homes with low carbon emissions without compromising qualities like a healthy indoor climate, fresh air, and daylight" says Steffen E. Maagaard, Corporate technical director for energy design and indoor climate, Moe Engineers.
Further calculations show us that if we in Denmark were to build all single-family, row chain and double houses like Living Places, we could save approximately one million tons of CO2 each year.
Denmark's climate goal is to cut emissions by 70% by 2030. To achieve this goal, the building sector needs to reduce CO2 emissions by almost six million tons. What if we could reduce emissions from the industry by 17%? So far, our calculations tell us that this is within reach.
What if we could build homes that enhance our health and wellbeing?
Since industrialization, humans have become increasingly separated from nature. We spend 65% of our time at home, and our homes are closely related to our health:
"By the time you reach 80, you will have spent 72 years of your life indoors. Like it or not, humans have become an indoor species. This means that the people who design, build and maintain our buildings can have a major impact on our health" says Dr. Joseph G. Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Keeping this in mind, we give Living Places natural ventilation, daylight and fresh air. We visually let in nature and the sky, allowing inhabitants the best possible options to follow the light through the day and night, and the changes in nature over the year.