Vridsløselille by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects


Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and landscape architects BOGL aim to design a new district which will attract new residents and activity to the city of Albertslund. Driving west of the city, just 15 kilometers from central Copenhagen, a site with a former correctional facility and a stretch of other historical buildings along the area emerge.

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

Making the historic, star-shaped building the beating heart of the development
Our design includes five different districts with their own identity and direct access to nature – Skovbyen, the Northern district characterized by urban villas among two forest clusters; Bevægelsesbyen, the Western district with terraced, multi-storey houses with semi-public squares and intimate urban spaces.

Grobyen, the largest and most populated South-Western district containing residential units up to 7 floors where community and interaction play a central role; Portbyen, the Southern district along the railway housing up to 10-storey buildings; and Havebyen, 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. Ahead are several years of close cooperation with Freja Ejendomme and The Municipality of Albertslund until local plans are approved. Source by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

  • Location: Albertslund, Denmark
  • Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Landscape architect: BOGL
  • Engineer: Týrens
  • Sub-consultants: AKTII, Via Trafik
  • Acoustics: Gade & Mortensen
  • Client: Freja Ejendomme, The Municipality of Albertslund
  • Building Area: 160,000 m2
  • Competition: Parallel assignment, 2020
  • Images: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects+BOGL, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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