Housing on Lisbjerg Hill
Lisbjerg near Aarhus
2014 - 2018

The fu­ture of wood con­struc­tion is hy­brid

Sustainability is the entire story

‘Non-profit housing of the future’ was the ambitious headline of the open competition for a series of demonstration housing schemes launched in 2014 by the Ministry of cities, housing and rural areas, the city of Aarhus, and the non-profit housing administrator AL2bolig.

Vandkunsten Architects won the competition with a proposal introducing a proven construction system using solid wood elements, and facades from untreated wood. This is our idea of contemporary Danish wood architecture.

We have set out five steps for the development of a better building practica

  1. Wood based construction system
  2. Reversible construction system
  3. Climate adapted construction techniques
  4. Sense of ownership and community
  5. Mental ressources

High density, low height and multiple storeys

The competition partners aim at demonstrate two typical types of housing in Denmark: High density, low height and multiple storey-housing. In this way the project will be part of further developing the strong national tradition for housing architecture. The housing scheme will be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable, in the widest sense of the words.

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Durability as a strategy

The project rates high on all the quantifiable measures of sustatinability: energy consumption, daylight, carbon footprint etc. Furthermore we have used durability as an overall strategy towards resource conservation.

Roofscape and wood interiors

The wood-based construction system is visible on interior wooden surfaces and in the variations in roof heights. Also the placement of window opening is very flexible.


The first stage of the masterplan (right) has been completed.

Designed for reuse

We work intensely with the construction details so the components and materials of the housing of the future can be used over and over.

Large overhangs protect the untreated wood facade

The architectural expression from weathered facades will increase over time as part of the benefits from structural protection of the untreated wood facades

Project facts


Project name: Housing on Lisbjerg Hill

Category:Housing, R&D

Client: AL2bolig

Location: Lisbjerg near Aarhus

Gross area: 4.100

Date: 2014 - 2018

Status: Finished

Cost of construction: DKK 56 mio


Program: Non-profit housing, community house

Activity: Architecture

Job type: 1. Prize in open competition

Construction system: Hybrid - Solid wood with facades of untreated wood. Concrete core and parts of the deck

Contact: Søren Nielsen, sn@vandkunst.dk

Project group: Mirjam Hallin, Kim Dalgaard, Sigurd Vinde Akselsen


Architect: Vandkunsten Architects

Landscape: Vandkunsten Architects

Engineer: Moe