Hemmed in by a tangle of railway tracks and storage depots, the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Jernbanebyen finds itself slightly off the beaten path even though it lies close to the city centre. The district has emerged as a haven for exploring new ways of living, from a community food hub and garden to indoor–outdoor co-housing, making it fertile ground for an ambitious redevelopment. This scrappy, rapidly evolving context also makes a fitting — and fittingly temporary — home for the Living Places prototype, an experiment in decarbonized living.

Living Places as seen from above

Led by Danish window manufacturer Velux and designed by local firm Effekt Architects with input from energy consultancy Artelia, the prototype consists of two full-scale homes and five…

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