Copenhagen is in need of housing, people are struggling to find accommodation, this includes young people moving to the capitol to study. The lack of building lots and steep prices in the urban core, forces students to find solutions in its outskirts, far away from academic institutions and their environments.
The Urban void is not a new phenomena in architecture, but one who’s nature and character is shaped according to location and culture. We will define our perception of the Copenhagen void and how we believe it can be re utilized as an alternative living space, assisting in addressing the current housing shortage.
The inner city of Copenhagen is not a city that would typically be described in relation to urban voids. The dense fabric, healthy economy and high living standards, means that the city spaces are mostly well defined and utilized. But even in such a dense and controlled environment, where unplanned spaces seems rare, areas of unused potential occur and are left as part of the city fabric, for only with time to become invisible and forgotten.
This Master Thesis project aims to locate a space with unused potential – an urban void in inner Copenhagen and to map its abilities to catalyse urban communities and help maintaining a diverse demographic in the capital centre.
These spaces, typically under-utilized and with weak programming could be used to house students in central locations in contrary to the usual contemporary programmes further out. We believe that by bringing students into the Inner City, we help foreign as well as domestic students to better integrate into the Copenhagen life. By reclaiming and programing these voids accordingly, we help maintaining diversity, stimulate the local economy and strengthen the local communities of the inner city.
The environment of each urban void demands a more nuanced architecture, that understands its possibilities and limitations. Our project aims to create a specific proposal for such a space, and should therefore be perceived as a possible model for examining and developing in a dense environment and its underutilized spaces.
This thesis project is made in a collaboration with Christopher K. B. Nielsen.