Welcome to Living Places Copenhagen

The first manifestation of Living Places will be displayed at the World Capital of Architecture at Jernbanebyen, the old Danish rail district in Copenhagen. The exhibition will contain seven prototypes – five open pavilions and two completed homes – showcasing our proposition for healthy low carbon homes and communities.

Each of the prototypes is built in line with the five Living Places principles, and serves as inspiration for architects and developers in search of a more sustainable way of building. These live spaces will help empower people to investigate solutions for construction and living and enable the public – both locals and guests – to visit and experience the homes for themselves.

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The experiment

The urgency for healthy, sustainable and resilient buildings is rising. With the building industry accounting for up to 40% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions and one out of three Europeans exposed to an indoor climate hazard negatively affecting health, well-being and productivity - the time for action is now.

As a pioneer target in the VELUX sustainability strategy, the Living Places concept was ideated and developed by VELUX, MOE Engineers and EFFEKT Architects in partnership; an experiment to rethink how we build today and challenge the building industry to create responsible and regenerative solutions that benefit both people and planet.

The Pavilions

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Reducing the overall environmental Impact

With an experimental mindset, VELUX, MOE Engineers and EFFEKT Architects have carefully considered each material, design and building technique for Living Places and mapped their projection for emissions against the typical Danish reference house. Throughout the process, evaluations of the total environmental impact of the building through Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) have been conducted.


Starting from the ground up – each building component has also been optimized for the best constellation of price, indoor climate and carbon footprint with a special focus given to the envelope of the building where significant CO2 savings can be achieved.


After calculating the scenarios, the partnership has created the concept Living Places, which can be built as a single-family home, emitting only 3.8 kg CO2 eq/m2/year with third party verification from AAU BUILD - Department of the Built Environment. A result which is over 3 times lower than the new Danish building legislation demands for 2023; a maximum of 12 kg CO2 /m2/per year.

Homes that are Healthier for People

Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, the way we build and live directly affects our physical and mental health. While Living Places focuses on creating a better living environment for our planet it also aims to build a path towards a future-oriented society that enhances living conditions for people.


Our homes are an important part of our overall health picture. At the same time, over generations, we have become more disconnected to nature which affects our health.


With this in mind, VELUX, EFFEKT Architects and MOE Engineers have designed the experiment with a strong focus on the indoor climate through the healthy building principles: Daylight, Thermal environment, Indoor air quality, Acoustics and Outdoor connection. The result is the highest achievable level of indoor climate - Class 1.

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So here we are

Living Places Copenhagen is located at Jernbanebyen, the old Danish rail district in Copenhagen.