The Orient brings affordable housing to one of Copenhagen's most expensive districts

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Nordhavn is rapidly developing into an attractive and expensive new neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Only five years ago the district was a part of the Freeport of Copenhagen. Surrounded by fences and control posts, the area was not exactly a vibrant urban space. Today, that scenario is far from reality.

“In only a few years Århusgadekvarteret has developed into a dynamic and dense urban district. One of the last construction sites will soon be filled with the newly built housing project called The Orient. The Orient consists of offices, a daycare and 131 social housing units – the only ones in the neighbourhood,” Says Niels Henrik Andersen from JCN Bolig, the main contractor of the social housing project.

The project is carried out by the housing association, Domea, and designed by Dorte Mandrup in collaboration with KHS Architects and BOGL Landscape. The purpose of the 14.000 square meters is clear: It must be socially sustainable. Therefore, the 131 apartments are significantly cheaper than the rest of the neighbourhood. Read more about the project and our approach to social sustainability at The Orient.

Extract from ‘Snart kan man flytte ind i Orienten’ (13. jan. 2020), Dagens Byggeri: