Copenhagen Living Places

Copenhagen has been named as World Capital of Architecture 2023, under the headline of Copenhagen in Common.

As a partner project for 2023, the first prototype of Living Places will be built in a partnership between EFFEKT architects, MOE Engineers, Enemaerke & Petersen contractors and the VELUX Group.

The prototype is planned in central Copenhagen at ‘Jernbanebyen’, a former railroad workshop area. Living Places Copenhagen will be the first practical example and showcase of the Build for Life concept, illustrating how the concept can be brought to life and provide inspiration and momentum for the development and construction of future living space solutions. 

Living Places CPH will showcase that we do not have to wait for future technology to move the built environment into a more responsible and regenerative position– a position where the industry is part of the transition to reverse climate change. We demonstrate 1:1 solutions that lower carbon emissions and provide healthy homes and communities for future residents,
says Sinus Lynge, Partner in EFFEKT architects.
The ambitious project will result in scalable solutions that can set the standard for a new generation of sustainable homes. We design the houses and choose materials based on the objectives of the Paris agreement to achieve a substantial CO2-reduction. However, the most important aspect of Living Places Copenhagen is that we maintain a holistic vision. We strive to build houses that focus intently on both physical and mental health as well as the general comfort of the users,
says Steffen Maagaard, MOE Engineers.
We are very happy to be a part of this partnership which will create homes that live up to the standards of the future. We think it is a great opportunity for us as a company to contribute to such an ambitious project - including all the opportunities to learn along the way,
says Henrik Mielke, CEO, Enemaerke & Petersen contractors.
This is our contribution to a strong commitment for better buildings, communities and cities for both people and planet. By combining design drivers and building principles, we can shape and transform homes and communities that are good for the climate but also you and me, and we will be able to build more affordably,
says Lone Feifer, Director of Sustainable Buildings, the VELUX Group.

By designing a built environment focused on meeting our emotional needs and enabling a strong sense of place, we could pioneer a new concept of "home", one that does not simply refer to a physical location, but also considers local context and the life that it empowers people to live. Living Places Copenhagen is ideated, designed and developed in a partnership between EFFEKT architects, MOE Engineers, Enemaerke & Petersen contractors and the VELUX Group.

The Living Places prototype demonstrates the advantages of a sloped roof, both internally and externally. A sloped roof provides more sunlight and better light reflection externally while providing interior daylight from above. Such a design uses the stack effect and attractive volumes and connections throughout the building and is scalable to different typologies of buildings as wooden prefabricated modular building systems.

Launched at the Build for Life conference, 15-17 November

The prototype design was launched at the global Build for Life conference, bringing together architects, builders, engineers, designers, planners, and other industry professionals. More than 90 experts from around the world presented from the two main stages in Copenhagen, Denmark, and from stages in North America and China during the conference.

For more information about the Build For Life Conference, please visit Build For Life.


About the VELUX Group

For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 36 countries and around 11,000 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, the VELUX Group had total revenue of EUR 2.99 billion, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 4.29 billion, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 181 million in charitable grants.

For more information about VELUX Group, visit