Nrep to build low-carbon residential building in Copenhagen (DK)

Nrep to build low-carbon residential building in Copenhagen (DK)

Nrep has announced the construction of a six-storey timber residential building in Nordhavn (North Harbour), Copenhagen’s new sustainable harbourside city district. The 13,100m2 development will have the lowest ever carbon emissions for a building over four floors in Denmark due to its wooden construction.


Designed by Henning Larsen, the building be comprised of 115 apartments and two commercial spaces and is expected to be ready for occupancy by mid-2026.  The Nordhavn development from Nrep will have a total of 5kg of CO2 per m2 which is well below the new strict requirement.


To reduce CO2 emissions, there has been close collaboration with leading, progressive suppliers, including architects from Henning Larsen, the contractor 5E, and Soren Jensen Consulting Engineers. This has led to most elements traditionally made of concrete being replaced with timber materials. This includes load-bearing structures, walls, and partially facades, but also smaller elements such as shower stalls, elevator shafts, and stair cores.


Nicole van der Star, Investment Developer at Nrep, said: “The new timber construction builds on the many experiences within CO2 reduction that we have from other projects, including the UN17 Village in Orestad. We are now using this knowledge to create an even stronger CO2 profile. The project will be an open source project, and we will share both blueprint and construction plans so that others can freely copy or be inspired by the project.


Troels Dam Madsen, Associate Design Director at Henning Larsen, said: “Architecture is about creating and rethinking buildings in a way that is both unique and forward-looking. Architects are faced with inventing a new design language for the new lightweight constructions in biogenic materials. In this project, we have embraced a well-known and beloved typology that is traditionally in heavy concrete materials, namely the Copenhagen block. In our quest to reduce the CO2 footprint as much as possible, we have touched all components that are mutually dependent on each other.”



Image provided by FTI Consulting.


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