Affordable Housing Reimagined

In search of the neighbourly, spacious and rebuildable


  • Michael Asgaard Andersen The Royal Danish Academy



affordable housing, community, neighbourliness, spaciousness, design for disassembly, design for maintenance, circular economy, BIG, Dorte Mandrup, 3XN/GXN, Vandkunsten, Lendager Group


This paper explores contemporary affordable housing in Denmark. The aim is to unfold central ideas in some of the most progressive projects that have recently been designed and built. The paper goes into three areas of architecture, namely the social, the formal and the technological. In each area one aspect is analysed and discussed with a point of departure in a specific project: The social in relation to the neighbourly and The Orient by Dorte Mandrup, the formal in relation to the spacious and Dortheavej housing by BIG, and the technological in relation to the rebuildable and Circle House by Fællestegnestuen. The aim is to contribute to the current discourse on affordable housing from a Danish standpoint and in an architectural perspective.




How to Cite

Andersen, M. A. (2021). Affordable Housing Reimagined: In search of the neighbourly, spacious and rebuildable. Architectural Research in Finland, 5(1), 117–129.