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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sky village in Rødovre, Denmark by ADEPT and MVRDV

December 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ADEPT and MVRDV

ADEPT and MVRDV win Copenhagen high rise competition with ‘Sky Village’ design.

The municipality of Rødovre, an independent municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark, announced ADEPT and MVRDV winner of the design competition of the Rødovre Skyscraper. The 116 meter tall tower accommodates apartments, a hotel, retail and offices. A public park and a plaza are also part of the privately funded scheme.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)

  • Architect: ADEPT and MVRDV
  • Name of Project: Sky village
  • Location: Rødovre, Denmark
  • Type: Invited competition – 1st prize
  • Job: Masterplan / building design
  • Client: Rødovre municipality / brainstones
  • Size: 22.000 m2
  • Year: 2008
  • Collaboration: mvrdv, søren jensen rådgivende ingeniører & abt velp

The new skyscraper with a total surface of 21,688m2 will be located at Roskildevej, a major artery East of the centre of Copenhagen. The skyscraper’s shape reflects Copenhagen’s historical spire and present day high-rise blending in the skyline of the city, it further combines the two distinctive typologies of Rødovre, the single family home and the skyscraper in a vertical village.

Responding to unstable markets the design is based on a flexible grid, allowing alteration of the program by re-designating units. These ‘pixels’ are each 60m2 square and arranged around the central core of the building, which for flexibility consists of three bundled cores allowing separate access to the different program segments.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)

On the lower floors the volume is slim to create space for the surrounding public plaza with retail and restaurants; the lower part of the high rise consists of offices, the middle part leans north in order to create a variety of sky gardens that are terraced along the south side. This creates a stacked neighbourhood, a Sky Village. From this south orientation the apartments are benefitting. The top of the building will be occupied by a hotel enjoying the view towards Copenhagen city centre. The constellation of the pixels allows flexibility in function; the building can be transformed by market forces, however at this moment it is foreseen to include 970m2 retail, 15,800m2 offices, 3,650m2 housing and 2,000m2 hotel and a basement of 13,600m2 containing parking and storage.


Street View (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)

Flexibility for adaptation is one of the best sustainable characteristics of a building. Besides this the Sky Village will also integrate the latest technologies according to the progressive Danish environmental standards. Furthermore the plans include a greywater circuit, the use of 40% recycled concrete in the foundation and a variety of energy producing devices on the façade.

A public park adjacent to the Sky Village is part of the project and will be refurbished with additional vegetation and the construction of a ‘superbench’, a meandering public path and bench. A playground, picnic area and exercise areas for elderly citizens are also part of the plan.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)

ADEPT Architects and MVRDV won the competition from Danish offices BIG, Benisch Architecten and Chinese office MAD. Anders Lonka and Martin Krogh from local office Adept Architects presented the plan in Copenhagen together with Dutch engineering firm ABT and Søren Jenssen act as consultants for the project.The project has recently been approved by the municipality for further development. Recently ADEPT also won the international competition for the “Iceland Academy of the Arts”, a 20.000 m2 building centrally placed in Reykjavik.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)


ADEPT is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and works within the fields of architecture, Urban planning and landscape design. ADEPT is founded and lead by Anders Lonka, Martin Laursen and Martin Krogh. Recently the company won the international competition for the “Iceland Academy of the Arts”, a 20.000 m2 building centrally placed in Reykjavik.

There is a tendency in current architecture and planning, to work introverted and solely focus on the requirements of a specific brief. ADEPT’s approach is to develop very contextual projects which add value to its urban environments without comprising the specific brief. Experience has shown that this approach does not only promote better cities and urban spaces, it also creates a synergy in relation to economic, social and ecological sustainable development.


Facade (Images Courtesy DEPT and MVRDV)

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