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New Masterplan Secures Copenhagen’s First All-Timber Neighbourhood

Infra News - Published on Wed, 22 Jan 2020

Image Source: Fælledby
The new masterplan in Copenhagen, Fælledby i Vejlands Kvarter, weaves itself into the natural landscape. The new community was designed by Henning Larsen and MOE, who give a message on how we can live with nature both now and in the future. The new masterplan is an ambitious effort to set a standard for how modern communities can live in harmony with nature.

A central part of the vision is to create a new city on nature’s terms, where the existing and inherent qualities of the communities become stronger through a connection to local biodiversity. The masterplan preserves critical elements of the local landscape, such as wetlands and dry scrub that provide a habitat for insects, turtles, songbirds, and deer. In collaboration with biologists and environmental engineers from MOE, Henning Larsen ensures a rich natural quality to the Fælledby masterplan; providing a model of sustainability both in habitat preservation as well as its all-timber construction.

The rural village model, with its close-knit community and tight relation to nature, has been a source of inspiration for the design. The new masterplan translates these fundamental qualities – active street corners, green corridors, and a concentrated city center – into a new, sustainable district.

The masterplan is divided into three circular subsections, allowing a more intimate, small-scale sense of community to flourish. Wild-planted natural swathes run between these three mini-villages, ensuring free movement for local species and integrating nature into the core layout of the new community. In this sense, the three subsections are small islands in a wild sea of green.

In Denmark, the concept of building in the open landscape is not a new concept – for 1500 years the Danes have established villages and homesteads throughout the rolling countryside, always constructed in covenant with the natural world.

The masterplan is the winning concept from a national design competition issued by By & Havn. Fælledby was designed in collaboration with MOE.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 22 Jan 2020
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