Just beyond the Copenhagen city centre, Denmark, Henning Larsen’s proposal for Fælledby transforms the former dumping ground site into a model for sustainable living, balancing human priorities with the natural surroundings.
Designed to accommodate 7000 residents, the Fælledby community will be entirely timber construction, with individual buildings featuring birdhouses and animal habitats integrated within the building façades.
Fælledby explores a living model with nature at its core, simultaneously crafting a new neighbourhood to accommodate the demands of the growing city and increase local biodiversity.
The neighbourhood merges traditional Danish urban and rural typologies to create a hybrid community. Fælledby will develop in phases, growing outward from three distinct ‘cores’ that together frame the neighbourhood at large. This diffuse approach will maximize access to nature for residents and will allow the landscape to be organically integrated in the site.
Developed in collaboration with biologists and environmental engineers from MOE, the scheme preserves 40 percent of the 18-ha (45-acre) project site as undeveloped habitat for local flora and fauna. Green corridors draw the surrounding landscape into the master plan, dividing Fælledby into three smaller enclaves.
Fælledby’s three neighbourhoods encourage a more intimate, small-scale sense of community. Native-planted green swathes run between these three mini-villages, ensuring free movement for local wildlife and weaving the natural landscape into the core layout of the larger Fælledby community.