Honourable Mentions

Recognizing excellence in innovative design and visionary thinking: Check out the Honourable Mentions of the Competition.

Høje GLADE!saxe – A Neighbourhood in Balance

Design Fusion Copenhagen



In Scandinavia, Architects are taught to build with certain distances from building – to- building, house-to-house and human being-to-human being. Losing the benefit of Urban Intimacy, which can generate more social & sustainable neighbourhoods. Høje Gladsaxe is an example of a dispersed Masterplan, allowing distance to grow in between the buildings and people. I want to create residential typologies, which grow in-between the iconic Highrise buildings, that respect the current scale and do not compete with the existing architecture.Utilizing the existing footprint allows for a less invasive expansion, where we do not need to take more land and cut down more trees, looking for where we can Intensify the building mass and diversify the housing schemes by introducing Net Zero housing in the area, with minimal impact. ‘A Neighbourhood in Balance’ seeks to bring balance to ALL aspects of the living environment.

The Frontyards of Høje Gladsaxe

Lasovsky Johansson Architects


From parking yards to front yards

“The Frontyards of Høje Gladsaxe” takes its starting point from the existing built environment of Høje Gladsaxe and addresses the question of how we can rethink the neighbourhood for generations by transforming what is already there today.

By a phased development in dialogue with the residents, the existing parking garages will be transformed from isolated parking yards into lively front yards that facilitate new functions, activities and meeting places for the residents. A transformation that helps to strengthen the community and interaction over generations as well as providing what is lacking today; a more human scale of the built environment and active urban spaces welcoming both residents and visitors to Høje Gladsaxe.

Neighbourhood of Excuses

Beek Arkitekter


From natural to formalised excuses – giving strangers common ground to interact.

We all have a need to be seen. Among friends and family, or sometimes simply by a hello in passing. Often when strangers spark up a conversation it is provoked by a natural excuse. In a sudden downpour strangers take shelter under the nearest roof and they begin to talk. We believe that these natural excuses to meet could become formalised.

We call our idea the Theatre of Excuses. A mystery box that turns up, just as a sudden thunderstorm. The Theatre of Excuses works as a platform for people to meet across generations, cultures and interests. In addition to this physical structure, organisation and activation become crucial ingredients. By formalising excuses to meet, inhabitants can find common ground in their everyday life and connections can begin to grow.

Untold Stories – Creating Room for Conversation



When we have trouble with hearing, we disconnect from others. Intimate acoustic spaces are positive for all ages

Elders can have reduced sense of hearing. For immigrants every meeting is a chance for learning a new language. Classrooms and similar have specific demands for acoustics: it requires speech clarity and low reverberation time. We can use this knowledge to facilitate acoustical equality in open air. Second generations immigrants are also a group in need of support, they can struggle with cultural rootlessness. To build a sense of belonging and self-worth can be a strategy to meet some of challenges in welfare services.

Meeting points can be placed around the infrastructure for everyday life. A cycle highway is being planned by Axelborg. Roof-covered bicycle storages can develop into intimate archways for talking to your neighbour. In the next step the project can be upscaled to a gateway for meetings with the surrounding residential areas, creating more understanding and changing the stigma of the area.

The Circular Play Station

WSP Denmark and Neighbourhood Lab


Collaboration across generations to facilitate community building

What if there were places where children could engage in imaginative play, live out their fantasies, and improve their social skills? What if there were places where seniors could volunteer to mentor children, teach them new skills, encourage their curiosity, and serve as future role models?

The CIRCULAR PLAY STATION, inspired by C.Th. Sørensen’s ‘building playground’ (byggelegeplads), provides children a free space to create, imagine, and socialise through play under the supervision of local seniors.

CIRCULAR refers to the circularity of generations, skills, and materiality.

PLAY refers to a joyful and creative activity that brings people together.

STATION refers to a place for the desire to create as a catalyst for intergenerational communication.

5g. Gladsaxe for Generations

Brøn Studio + Carlos Ramos Tenorio


A set of typological corrections to enhance domestic flexibility and sustained communal activity

The buildings' closed gables turn into flexible, configurable domestic spaces to supplement the monotonous, frozen housing typologies that often fail to respond to the diverse family types, habits and activities of their inhabitants. The storage space in the garages -currently underused and deserted-, are relocated and swapped for public programs that were formerly concentrated at the limits of the neighbourhood, thereby turning these spaces into ludic, cultural and productive plazas at the entrance of the buildings.

A vast amount of parking area is turned into a garden strip, peppered with programmatic gazebos that will break down its scale into human-friendly clusters, catalysing public activity and collective engagement between neighbours.

Look Who's Coming to Dinner

A STUDIO.SPACE together with X = (T = E = N) studio

South Africa & Switzerland

A Commensality Program: from Communal Pantry and Kitchen to Communal Tables

Across cultures, the ritual of eating together holds an intrinsic power to dissolve the tensions and stigmas that make up images of generational difference. Combining the fundamental necessity of eating with the ritual of food preparation serves to sustain both physical wellbeing and the bonds that make up the social imagination.

The proposal is a design in dialogue program aimed at creating common spaces for preparing and sharing meals. Modular communal tables, and their associated pantry and kitchen, will extend the act of making and sharing food as a critical act of community hospitality. Such vital inter-generational infrastructures of care will be able to re-orientate anonymous housing estates to the scale of one large house.


Tegnestuen Vandkunsten + Mette Lis Andersen + Claus Bech Danielsen + Niels Bjørn


Nonprofit housing as a key strategic partner in the green transition of our neighbourhoods and cities

We propose developing the futures most attractive neighbourhoods: Where mixed forms of housing and ownership complement each other, and everyday life is improved through interactions across social differences – and inequality deteriorates. Where ordinary welfare creates community, sense of security, and physical and mental wellbeing. Where new meeting places, platforms, and engagement, create understanding and trust across generations. Where sustainability, climate considerations, climate adaptation, nature, and biodiversity, are the starting point for building, renovating, and designing surroundings. Where new forms of housing are welcomed in carefully considered densification Where first-time buyers have a genuine opportunity of joining the housing market – to affordable prices

Stomping Ground

Robert Snelling


Fostering intergenerational connections and wellbeing through a locally organised exercise program

Denmark faces a confluence of three issues: an aging population, a growing socio-economic life expectancy gap, and increasing loneliness. Addressing these challenges is Stomping Ground, an urban programming strategy that benefits multiple generations. It is an outdoor physical exercise class program that employs local non-profit housing residents to run classes for other locals – non-profit and private, elderly and young.

Classes are facilitated by younger residents who receive government sponsored class training. Trainers then regularly lead classes in return for discounted rent. Classes are run for free in existing parks and public spaces, making use of established infrastructure to reduce costs, increase exercise uptake and foster meaningful community connections.


Joksu (idea and concept) & Sofiia Franskevich (illustrations)


How could we live 'for free' by doing something we enjoy while helping our community?

SUSTAINABANK is a value exchange platform for urban communities where users can receive social and economic benefits while doing activities they enjoy. E.g. an elderly person with aching joints can, in return for reading stories to children at the daycare, get physiotherapist services from their neighbour, who in turn earns rent discounts for their services to the community.

'Community credit' balances supply and demand which, on a neighbourhood level, is managed through '4 accounts of sustainability'. In other words all activities contribute to keeping the neighbourhood's social, ecological, economic and cultural 'accounts' in balance. To understand the details, please read the visual story about Dina’s, Greta’s, Mahir’s and Lou’s day in 'Gladborg' at joksu.com.


See the Neighbourhoods for Generations Exhibition at VELUX Living Places to explore the winning ideas and learn more about the future og Danish non-profit housing.

Experience Living Places Copenhagen: Visit the five open pavilions and access the two finished homes in full-scale.

Living Places Copenhagen, built by VELUX in partnership with EFFEKT, Artelia and Enemærke & Petersen, demonstrates how to build homes with a CO2 footprint of 3.8 kg CO2 per square metre per year – three times lower than the current Danish legislation of 12 kg CO2 per square metre per year.

Exhibition period
29 Jun. 2023 - 30 Sep. 2024
Opening hours
Public Exhibition
Open 24 hours a day
VELUX Living Places
Otto Busses Vej 29A
2450 Copenhagen