Ellebo in Ballerup is a product of the industrialization. Even though the buildings are only approximately 50 years old and have already been renovated once, the buildings' exterior is again in need of renovation. This suggests that something drastic needs to be done. It is tempting to suggest that the buildings should be demolished. Tempting - but also an unnecessary waste of scarce resources.
Prefabricated wooden construction
New buildings, extensions and new facades are added to the existing concrete structure. It will all be constructed as prefabricated wooden frame structures. Wood is a Nordic resource and has many suitable qualities. It is durable and a good heat insulator. The combination of flexibility and stability makes it easy to process and transport. When disposed of, the wood can be recycled back into the natural cycle.
The forest garden (edible self-maintaining green space)
The sustainability transformation of the buildings will be accompanied by a transformation of the surrounding green spaces: the aim is to change the residents' attitude toward and interaction with their buildings, apartments and property service functions. It is our ambition to transform the residents' approach to the surrounding green spaces. Not by mandatory “weeding days” and complex maintenance, but by an invitation to sense, explore, harvest and taste the surroundings.
The project was awarded 2nd price in the international Nordic Built competition. And it is exhibited in the Danish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2016 in Venice.