Living Places – a new way of thinking about buildings

At VELUX, we believe it’s time to rethink how buildings can help resolve global climate and health challenges through sustainable solutions and practical action.


Together with our partners EFFEKT and Artelia we set out to make an impact in the building industry. An industry accounting for up to 40% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions. A platform for investors, contractors, engineers, architects, and other specialist experts to join forces in a pioneering, multidisciplinary initiative that reconnects people and the planet.

Welcome to Living Places Copenhagen - an experimental living environment set out to demonstrate that we do not have to wait for future technology to improve people’s lives while being regenerative for the planet.

Living Places Copenhagen is now open and waiting for you to explore! Come down to Jernbanebyen and experience the experiment for yourself.

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5 principles

With Living Places, we want to inspire – and prove that change is possible right now. Based on five key principles which can be applied to any home, community, or city, we seek to create homes that are scalable, affordable, and commercially viable. 


Each material, design, and building technique is carefully considered to reduce environmental impact and improve human health.


The project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to achieve 3x lower carbon footprint emissions and 3x better indoor climate than in an average Danish single family house at an affordable and scalable level. 


We don’t have to wait for the advancement of technology to accomplish this. We have all the knowledge and technology we need right now for the building industry to create responsible and regenerative solutions.

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What if we could build homes that are healthy for both people and the planet?

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What if we could strengthen our sense of community by rethinking how we live?

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What if a new way of building can enable easy upgrades and a longer lifespan?

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What if we can create homes that respond to more ways of living?

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What if by rethinking the way we design, plan and finance homes, we could unlock housing for the many?

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The experiment

Launching in 2023, the first manifestation of Living Places will be displayed at the World Capital of Architecture in the heart of Copenhagen. The exhibition consists of seven prototypes – five open pavilions and two completed homes – showcasing our proposition for healthy low carbon homes and communities. Each prototype has its own specific program, curated to show the synergy between how we live in homes, in communities, and the role of buildings herein. 

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New Living Places Book shares our learnings for more sustainable and healthy buildings

19 Jun

Since opening in 2023, Living Places has started a ripple effect across the building industry with an innovative approach to home construction that benefits both people and planet...

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