Albertslund/ Denmark

Size/ 160,000 m²
Competition/ 2020, Parallel assignment
Status/ Under design development
Client/ Freja Ejendomme, The Municipality of Albertslund
Landscape Architect/ BOGL
Engineer/ Týrens
Sub-consultant/ AKTII/ Via Trafik
Acoustics/ Gade & Mortensen
Visuals/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects+BOGL

Vridsløselille, a 160,000-square-metre district, will become a natural extension of Albertslund and its main thoroughfares. The flexible scheme will draw city life to the area where green parks and residential complexes are intertwined creating a strong synergy while making way for a variety of building typologies, urban qualities and common facilities. The new urban area will create new connections and destinations in Albertslund, focused on creating activated green spaces, urban farming as well as movement and sports facilities. Important connections, sightlines, and local identity will be maintained and enhanced. The main focus is laying the foundation for a healthy and social lifestyle with a broad spectrum of common areas and green spaces.

The site has for many years been a closed enclave, and the aim is, therefore, to open up the area towards the city.

The development plan for 'Vridsløselille’ will re-imagine the site in Albertslund, close to Copenhagen, which once housed a state prison by turning its rich historic structure and surroundings into an attractive, green district with a distinct identity derived by its unique heritage.

Our design includes five different districts with their own identity and direct access to nature.

Skovbyen is the Northern district characterized by urban villas among two forest clusters.

Bevægelsesbyen is the Western district with terraced, multi-storey houses with semi-public squares and intimate urban spaces.

Grobyen is the largest and most populated South-Western district containing residential units up to 7 floors where community and interaction play a central role.

Portbyen is the Southern district along with the railway housing up to 10-storey buildings.

Havebyen is the Eastern district characterized by more intimate Renaissance gardens.

Inspired by the unique relic of the past, the iconic star-shaped prison building is surrounded by trees which once stood as a security fence. The proposal focuses on opening the area and drawing new connections through the “Loop”, a new main pathway surrounding the site and tying the different districts together with the existing prison structure.

Vridsløselille's story is marked by a gloomy notion of solitary confinement. Today the 160-year old prison is facing a major urban and landscape transformation. The site will be rethought inside out by creating an integrated settlement with a strong focus on nature, combining a variety of housing typologies for a more diverse community and linking the area to bicycle and pedestrian connections.

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