In the Copenhagen suburb of Albertslund, the former Vridsløselille prison site will take on new life as an attractive mixed-use district with a strong emphasis on nature. The development plan for the 160,000-square-meter district will combine the design proposal by Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and landscape architects BOGL with the scheme put forth by COBE Architects. The masterplan will center on the adaptive reuse of the historic star-shaped structure that once housed the state prison. Conceived as a natural extension of Albertslund and the existing main thoroughfares, the Vridsløselille development aims to reverse its image as a “closed enclave” by repositioning the area as an attractive urban destination for living, playing and working. The masterplan will feature a wide variety of common areas and green spaces to promote healthy and social lifestyles. Schmidt Hammer Lassen and BOGL’s proposal consists of five unique districts, each with access to nature at varying density levels: Skovbyen, the Northern district with urban villas set amongst two forest clusters; Bevægelsesbyen, the West district with terraced multi-story houses that open up to semi-public squares; Grobyen, the largest and most populated district comprising high-rises in the southwest; Portbyen, a district to the South […]


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