Good life
Today, the typical suburban development is characterized by low-density, mono-functionality, homogeneous building mass and privatized nature. It holds few, if any, public spaces, the family life hides behind the hedges, while all the daily needs are not within walking distance of homes.
As opposed to the average suburb, the 58ha large master plan for Humlebæk Syd will showcase a wide range of differences and contrasts, housing typologies, programs and densities, closely intertwined quarters and nature areas, to create a vibrant and active town which supports sustainable living and community engagement.

Integrated sustainability

The green future of Humlebæk Syd is based upon sun energy, storm and rainwater harvesting, high density urban environments, passive housing, access to nature close by, and a rich architectural variety, all contributing to creating an innovative social, economic and environmental town, with 50% reduced energy consumption and 25% reduction of drinking water consumption.

City nature

An urban environment of concentrated densities made of “quarters”, and organized in clusters with different identities, creates social diversity and secures green public areas. Positioning the “quarters” carefully in between the numerous habitats of the site secures easy access to green areas for everyone, while in the same time preserving the ecological areas inhabited by a rich variety of animal and plant species.

Milky Way

With the appearance of an earthly Milky Way, Humlebæk South gathers an informal collection of densified neighborhoods united by public green structured as themed wedges to provide landscape continuity between the large forest areas South and the neighboring urban areas towards North. The Energy Gardens, The Farming Gardens and The Gardens of Movement provide themed areas for recreation and community activities locally, while in the same time adding to the network of recreational public space of the city of Humlebæk.

Soft infrastructure

The urban clusters are linked together by an East-West oriented main road, which connects to existing public transportation, city center and regional connections. Public spaces situated at the intersection points between main and secondary roads concentrate public functions and transportation in densified urban environments along the main road. This disposition aims at concentrating and minimizing the supply lines and car traffic, while strengthening the “soft” traffic connections internally, as well as to the existing pedestrian and bicycle path networks towards North and South.

Optimized typologies

The master plan respects the existing fabric of the city by “borrowing” typologies from the urban surroundings. The “borrowed” typologies are further developed to support energy efficiency and provide spatial differentiation and variation. The South oriented surfaces of the NS oriented pitched roofs will be covered with sun cells and solar panels to produce electricity and reduce heating energy consumption, while in the same time creating a unifying pitched roof-scape.

Urban water

Rainwater is a valuable sustainable and aesthetic resource. The project aims at collecting 70% of rain and storm water from roofs and hard surfaces within an open system of canals leading to a number of natural lakes. This integrated water management system reduces peak storm water runoff and processing costs, provides water for households, and combines to best advantage technical and aesthetical solutions which ensure that the water remains in constant movement to secure self-cleansing.

Client: Municipality of Humlebæk  

Program: 58 ha Masterplan for mixed used suburban development

Year: 2011

Location: Humlebæk Syd, Denmark

Team: Serban Cornea, Kristina Adsersen, Magdalena Szucio, Anders Koefod Petersen, Søren Gyerfas Brahe, Arash Nourinejad, Iryna Klixbull

Collaborators: Steen Wessberg Ingeniører

Status: Competition