Buildings and urban spaces provide the framework for urban life and help make areas attractive.

Buildings and urban spaces help promote a better quality of life for citizens, improve social cohesion and can even have a significant branding effect. Some of the main challenges faced by cities are the transformation of industrial areas to residential and business areas and revitalisation of urban areas and rural districts along with climate proofing and establishment of new infrastructure. It is all about creating synergies, from planning to facade design, from facilities to urban life, from choice of materials to planting.

Architecture, planning and landscape have many instruments that affect urban life. Access to parks and nature is of great importance, as are interesting shops or cafes in the area. Likewise, the area must be easily accessible and feel safe. All these elements greatly depend on the design of buildings and urban spaces. Investments in a better framework for urban life pay off and may offer a significant boost to the local economy when the right balance is reached between housing, business, urban space and traffic.

Photo of Næste Skur

Tomsgårdsvej — The Courtyard of the Future

In a courtyard in Copenhagen, there are three sheds built from recycled wood and unsorted materials.
Knudrisrækkerne, Sweco og Vega


A new residential building with a five-story wooden structure is now Aarhus' tallest wooden public housing.
The Future of Sustainable Social Housing, Dissing + Weitling

The Future of Sustainable Social Housing

At Seest in Kolding, modern, a wooden built social housing building is gathered in small clusters.
Photo of Brønshøj Parish House

Brønshøj Parish House

Brønshøj's old church from 1186 has a new neighbour.
Horbelev Kulturgård, Werk arkitekter

Horbelev Kulturgård

In Horbelev, the town's old primary school has been joined by a new circular wooden building.
Myretuen, Leth & Gori


In Randers lies Myretuen; a small wooden building with great value for the local community.
Løget By Pluskontoret, Photo: Pluskontoret Arkitekter

Løget By

A radical urban renewal of Løget By has resulted in strong social housing efforts.
Photo of The Climate Tile by THIRD NATURE. Photo credit: THIRD NATURE

The Climate Tile

A pavement system for collecting and recycling rainfall for rain to be used as a positive resource.
Photo of New Rosenhøj by EFFEKT Architects and Arkitema Architects. Photo Credit: EFFEKT

New Rosenhøj

Revitalisation of the former vulnerable neighbourhood gives the residents a boost.
Photo of Water on the sidelines  by Bisgaard Landscape. Photo credit: Carsten Ingemann.

Water on the sidelines

In Gladsaxe, technical and recreational solutions go hand in hand with a rainwater project.
Photo of Gyldenrisparken by Vandkunsten Architects, Witraz Arkitekter and ZESO Architects. Photo credit: Seie


Total renovations increase security, reduce crime and strengthen the community of residents.
Photo of Røsræs Rundt by Spektrum Architects. Photo credit: Spektrum Arkitekter

Røsnæs Rundt

Røsnæs' nature has become available with new opportunities for water and land activities and experiences.
Photo of SEB domicile by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects. Photo credit: Jens Lindhe.

SEB Domicile

SEB's location and distinctive architecture strengthen SEB Bank's brand, business and internal processes.
Photo of Musholm Holiday Centre by AART architects. Photo credit: AART architects

Musholm Holiday Centre

The Musholm Sports and Holiday Center shows the way towards accessible architecture.
Photo of Marielyst Square and Beach Path by GHB Landscape Architects and ETN Arkitekter. Photo credit: GHB  Landscape Architects

Marielyst Square and Beach Path

Renovation of peat and beach areas in Marielyst creates value for tourists, citizens and local businesses.
Photo of SMK Museum Garden by WERK Architects and Sangberg Architects (previous POLYFORM) in collaboration with Karres En Brands. Photo credit: Sangberg Architects

SMK Museum Garden

The Museum Garden strengthens the museum's brand and increases the number of visitors.
Photo of South Habour School by JJW Architects. Photo credit: Torben Eskerod

South Habour School

A school, a public, movement-promoting urban space and a cultural hub in South Habour, CPH.
Photo of Hasle Harbour Bath by White architects. Photo Credit: Signe Find Larsen.

Hasle Harbour Bath

The harbour bath has added a new attraction and identity to Hasle.
Photo of Sønder Nissum Multi-Purpose Hall by CEBRA architecture. Photo credit: Sdr. Nissum Borger- og Idrætsforening.

Sønder Nissum Multi-Purpose Hall

Redevelopment strengthens local unity and the integration of tourism into the local community.
Photo of Faaborg Habour Bath by CREO Architects, JDS and KLAR. Photo Credit: CREO Architects

Faaborg Habour Bath

The design and central location has resulted in spontaneous use and activities on the Faaborg waterfront.
Photo of Nordkraft by CUBO Architects and NORD architects. Photo credit: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen.


Nordkraft has become a focal point for sports culture and business in Aalborg.
Photo of Selsmosen by Force4 Architects. Photo credit: Klaus Sletting Jensen.


The combined technical plant and recreation area, Selsmosen, creates added value in Taastrup.
Photo of Rabalderparken by GHB Landscape Architects and SNE Architects. Photo Credit: SNE Architects


Rabalderparken in Roskilde combines recreational areas with technical facilities for draining rainwater.
Photo of Herning Library by gpp architects and Kristian H. Nielsen Arkitekter. Photo Credit: Carsten Ingemann

Herning Library

A popular meeting place for Herning's citizens with up to 50,000 visitors a month.
Photo of Le Mur by Hasløv & Kjærsgaard Architects

Le Mur

The furniture wall that has saved Lemvig Municipality from damage costs of many millions of dollars.
Photo of Plug N Play by Kragh & Berglund Landskabsarkitekter.

Plug n Play

Multi-functional urban life generator in Ørestad.
Photo of Lindevangsparken and The Loop by Marianne Levinsen Landscape ApS. Photo credit: Torben Petersen.

Lindevangsparken and The Loop

The project shows how an innovative approach allows us to keep the water above ground.
Photo of sØnæs by Møller & Grønborg Architects. Photo credit: Carsten Ingemann.


The park has had 20 times more visitors and 15 times more cyclists during weekends.
Photo of DGI Huset by SHL and 3XN Architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk

DGI Huset

Diverse spaciousness and atmosphere attracts new user groups in Aarhus' sports center DGI-Huset.
Photo of Soender Boulevard by SLA Architects. Photo credit: Mads Klitten.

Soender Boulevard

The green belt at Vesterbro, where the park value is seven times greater than its construction cost.
Photo of Enghave Minipark by Spektrum Arkitekter. Photo credit: Kenneth Balfelt.

Enghave Minipark

Involving vulnerable groups creates sustainable solutions with a new method for urban development.
Photo of The City Dune – SEB Bank by SLA Architects. Photo credit: Jens Lindhe.

The City Dune – SEB Bank

The City Dune at SEB BANK is Copenhagen's first 100 % climate-adapted urban space landscape.
Photo of Copenhagen Harbour Bath by BIG and JDS. Photo credit: JDS Architects

Copenhagen Harbour Bath

Increased desirability and increasing property prices by the harbour bath on the Islands Brygge waterfront.
Photo of Superkilen by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. Photo credit: Iwan Baan


A lively unfolding space and gathering place for local initiatives on outer Nørrebro.
Photo of Kulturværftet by AART architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk.


The cultural yard in Helsingør is a popular success with great significance for the cultural development.