Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architecture is known for making affordable houses and buildings, like the projects commissioned by WeWork and Google. They also created affordable houses for students and public amenities for people who can’t afford expensive housing.
For their latest project, Bjarke Ingels paired with housing non-profit Lejerbo in order to create Dortheavej in Copenhagen which consists of 66 units. They designed a five story timber structure. And in order the keep the keep the price low, they used modular parts.
“The prefabricated elements are stacked in a way that allows every second module an extra meter of room height, making the kitchen-living areas unusually spacious. By gently adjusting the modules, the living areas open more towards the courtyard while curving the linear block away from the street to expand the sidewalk into a public square,” the architects explain.
In order to cut costs for the inhabitants of the houses, each unit has floor-to ceiling windows, which give plenty of natural light. They also have wood floors and 11.5-foot tall cement ceilings. An outdoor terrace frames the unit.
BIG used an angular Scandinavian design in order to make the houses look good, regardless of the building cost.