Kødbyen 2025

Kødbyen 2025 - A Vertical FoodCity


FoodCity is a sustainable self-supporting district in Copenhagen which unites vegetables-and fruit production with residential, office and retail space, to achieve food waste reduction, renewable energy production and a lively urban environment.


FoodCity continues the development of the central Meat Packing District started in 2007 by MUTOPIA’s K- masterplan, which initiated the transformation of the deserted meat industry area into an active and open district integrated in the public and recreational network of the city.


Since 2007, a significant part of MUTOPIA’s blueprint has been implemented. High-end boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, cafés and nightclubs have contributed to the dramatic transformation of the area from industrial site to one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Copenhagen.


FoodCity is a new stage of the master plan, and aims at supporting the further retrofitting process of the Meat Packing District by combining strate­gies of green retrofit and densification of the existing building mass with the integra­tion of food production within the new buildings.


Based on average surface needs for habitation, food and energy consumption, a new building typology which integrates retail and residential program with greenhouse production areas stacked on top of the apartment units has been developed.


The emerging vertical FoodCity of mini-towers inscribes discreetly the new Meat Packing District within the Copenhagen skyline of towers.


The FoodTower unites different functional components into a circular framework which eliminates by-products by creating a closed loop re-generative process in which nutrients are processed to be fed back into the cycle, thereby equaling WASTE = FOOD.

The FoodTower is specifically designed to support the cycle where food production for the residents combined with household waste generates organic waste which in turn produces nutrient and electricity to be fed back into the food production and households.


The FoodTower residents are shareholders of the fruit&vegetable production. This creates new social networks, provides access to fresh produce for all the tenants, while in the same time providing a sustainable financial model for the food production maintenance.


The public spaces in FoodCity are both recreational and productive. Integrating food production in the city creates a recreational and eventful urban environment which attracts residents, neighbors, guests and businesses.


Restaurants, schools and institutions in FoodCity have access to conservatories placed in public spaces, which contribute to creating a rich public realm.


A transparent roof following the outlines of the buildings around the central Flæsketorvet plaza allows for an extended use of the public space as an Orangerie all the year, thereby providing an inviting green environment for families, nature enthusiasts and shopping guests.


260 roof allotment gardens implemented on the flat roofs will provide much needed green areas for one of the densest urban areas in Copenhagen with the least amount of public green per capita, along with opportunities for combining food production and social events, and integrating areas for school children, social gathering and physical activities, beehives and homeless.


The remaining 50.000 m2 existing roof areas are retrofitted as lightweight sedum roofs. The living roofs provide a habitat for urban wild life and contribute to improving the energy efficiency of the buildings, while in the same time improving the air quality. The green roofs harvest rainwater to support the greenhouse production, and provide a beautifully low-maintenance changing display throughout the year for all the residents of FoodCity.


Client: Boligforeningen 3B

Program: The project adds a programmatic mix to the area, including 25.000 m2 residential program, 20.000 m2 greenhouse production, 10.000 m2 retail area, along with 10.000 m2 FoodHotel program, to further strengthen the area as a home for food industry, gastronomy and creative businesses. Public spaces include 2.800 m2 conservatories, 6.000 m2 orangerie, 260 allotment gardens. 50.000 m2 existing roofs are retrofitted as green roofs.

Year: 2013 -

Location: Kødbyen, Meat Packing District, Copenhagen, Denmark

Team: Serban Cornea, Kristina Adsersen, Marcin Kruk, Denisa Petrus, Michele di Marco, Mara Horj, Sara Dominguez

Collaborators: Major operators within Danish food industry, cleantech and urban development

Status: A feasability study is being conducted in collaboration with a number of project partners including major operators within the Danish food industry, cleantech and urban development, in order to support the further project development towards completion.