Tomsgårdsvej — The Courtyard of the Future

Dato 29.12.22 |
Rikke Friis

Photo: Jonathan Weimar

In a courtyard in Copenhagen's Northwest quarter, there are three sheds built from recycled wood and unsorted materials. Even though the recycled wood was part of a previous construction, it still has a remaining life of 30-50 years and, like the unsorted industrial wood, requires minimal maintenance.

The wooden sheds in Copenhagen are a fantastic example of why we need to create architecture based on circular principles, and how materials can be given new life when the life of buildings are over. The material that would otherwise be incinerated is recycling it instead and the stored CO2 is retained in the material – this reduces both the climate impact and resource consumption. The three sheds in Copenhagen contain both waste sorting, a storage room, and a workshop for the residents of the area, who have also got a covered area for bicycle parking and a plank structure, which is also built from recycled and de-sorted wood.

"When we reverse the flow of waste and understand the qualities of material resources, new opportunities arise to create exciting architectural solutions in the construction of the future. Architects and designers therefore have a key competence in creating an attractive circular society." Niels Jakubiak Andersen, founder of Next, 2022

The Copenhagen courtyard where the wooden sheds stand is a natural landscape with varied vegetation and a focus on biodiversity. The farm is set up to handle huge amounts of rainwater in the future with two long rammed clay terrain walls winding through the grass. The garden has also been given an orangery of beautiful, recycled bricks and upcycled windows.

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