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Adam Khan wins Scandinavian prototype housing revamp contest

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Adam Khan Architects (AKA) has won the competition for the £20 million overhaul of a 50-year-old social housing complex in Ballerup, a suburb 15km north of Copenhagen

The site in Denmark is one of five chosen as part of the pan-Scandinavian Nordic Built Challenge aimed at finding ‘innovative and scaleable’ prototypes for re-valuing and re-using redundant housing estates.

Contests were also run in Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Norway, attracting 171 proposals in total.

Collaborating with Daniel Serafimovski Architects, the London-based practice saw off bids by Portuguese outfit FORA, local practice ai, and a collective of Jorge Domingues of Arquitecto Unipessoal with André Campos and Joana Mendes of arquitectos lda.

Trine Pertou Mach, senior innovation adviser at Nordic Innovation, and project leader for Nordic Built:, said: ‘The response to the Nordic Built Challenge has been overwhelming, and we are happy that so many talented professionals have spent their time to concretize the Nordic Built Charter.

‘It is important for us to stress that we see this competition as having bigger implications than five excellent refurbishment projects.

‘We hope that it will result in five lighthouse projects for the Nordic region, demonstrating the solutions for sustainable refurbishment of the existing building stock, which the Nordic building industry is able to deliver. And hopefully it will boost the general interest for sustainable solutions among both procurers and suppliers in the Nordic building sector and abroad.’

The victorious scheme by Schmidt Hammer Lassen in the Norwegian element of the Nordic Built Challenge contest

The victorious scheme by Schmidt Hammer Lassen in the Norwegian element of the Nordic Built Challenge contest


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