Arkitema scoops sustainable housing project as four Danish firms vie for superb site
Four of Denmark’s best architectural firms were invited to compete for one of Denmark's best located and most valuable sites - the Tretorn site, west of Elsinore. Arkitema Architects have been appointed winners of the competition, over entries from BIG, Henning Larsen Architects, and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. The housing scheme is to be built beside Elsinore North Harbour with spectacular views of Kronborg Castle and Sweden.
Arkitema's winning scheme ‘Beach Town Kronborg’ takes its name and form from its surroundings. The elegant and simple wooden houses stand at varied angles in relation to each other and ensure a vibrant and interesting little town with great views and wonderful natural light. The judges were very enthusiastic about the winning proposal, commenting: "site plan, architecture and individual layout of the houses and apartments all work together to provide a bid for a highly sympathetic housing development, providing what you might call privatised collectivity, which heralds a modern way of life."
Since 1969 Arkitema Architects have designed a number of prominent and renowned housing developments. With projects such as Sluseholmen in Copenhagen, sustainable student housing in Aarhus and Housing +, Arkitema’s portfolio is characterised by a focus on diversity and social awareness that the judges also saw in Arkitemas winning proposal for the Tretorn project. The practice’s housing projects also all have a clear focus on sustainability.
This concentration on aesthetic, social, economic and energy related sustainability is an important part of Kronborg Strandby, with its intimate space between the buildings, varied housing types, its sturdy materials and the angled roofs, which are ideal for integrating solar energy. The project has been designed to be the epitome of sustainable housing. Additionally the town-like composition, the slanted roofs and the materials for the façade are all rooted in the identity of the site as a maritime space.