BIG completes "checkered" Dortheavej affordable housing complex in Copenhagen

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1f/1f01943cf3915fbef517ba9be80c9f7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Non-profit affordable housing association Lejerbo commissioned <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" >BIG</a> to design the much-needed Dortheavej affordable housing complex back in 2013. Some five years later, BIG has revealed photos of the finished product.

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.
Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.
Located in historically industrial Dortheavej in northwestern Copenhagen, the 5-story complex offers 66 new apartments to low-income citizens. Built on a $9.8 million budget, the 6,800 m2 complex features a distinct checkered pattern that is based on a singular prefab structure. Apartment units range from 60 to 115 m2 and have 3.5-meter-tall ceilings, generous floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood in, and outdoor terraces. 
Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.
Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.
Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj.
The building's north-facing facade looks towards an enclosed green courtyard, which residents of the complex and neighboring buildings can use for recreation. On the sunnier south side, balconies retract and the...

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