Video: Construction begins at Ellebo
The first part of the 2013 Nordic Built Challenge winner project Ellebo Garden Room will finish by the end of 2017.
The light drizzle did not discourage the residents of Ellebo to show up for the ceremony marking the construction start of the renovation of the four apartment buildings in Ballerup, Denmark. Within a few years, the social housing complex owned by Ballerud Ejendomsselskab and KAB, will be fully retrofitted, all while maintaining living costs for the residents.
“It’s been a long process. But now we are getting started, and when Ellebo is finished you will have sustainable and new accessible homes for the future”, said Ballerup mayor Jesper Würtzen to the residents filling the community house of Ellebo.
Ellebo: A model retrofitting project
The renovation project, Ellebo Garden Room, won the Nordic Built Challenge in 2013 and will serve as a model for future retrofitting projects in the Nordic countries.
All five Nordic countries have a large number of residential buildings from the 60s and 70s that will need renovation in the near future, and doing so in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way could have a big impact.
Ellebo Garden Room will be built according to the principles of the Charter, taking both energy, climate, economy and people into account. The first of the four buildings will be retrofitted by December this year, while the whole project is planned to be finished by autumn 2019.
Reduced carbon footprint
The retrofitting of Ellebo comprises an area of 20.000 square metres and 5.000 square metres of new buildings. The four residential buildings will get new facades, external elevators, mechanical ventilation, as well as new kitchens and bathrooms.
The garden between the buildings will also be renewed and should serve as a social meeting place for the residents, and will include a system for local handling of rainwater. The retrofitting will substantially reduce the carbon footprint of the apartment complex.
The Ellebo Garden Room project was created by:
Nordic Built Challenge
The Nordic Built Challenge comprised five individual competitions – one in each Nordic country. The assignment was to demonstrate the principles of the Nordic Built Charter by refurbishing existing buildings in innovative and sustainable ways, while ensuring financial and practical viability. In the Danish competition, the 50 year old Ellebo social housing complex was chosen as the object for retrofitting. Ellebo is owned by Ballerud ejendomsselskab and KAB.
The aforementioned team led by Adam Khan Architects went on to win the Danish competition before also winning the overall Nordic prize of the Nordic Built Challenge, and has now started the work to turn Ellebo into a sustainable building for the future.
Read more about the project here, or in the 30 Sustainable Nordic Buildings book: http://nordicbuiltcities.org/nordic-built/30-sustainable-nordic-buildings/
Mayor of Ballerup, Jesper Wurtzen (left), Rolf Andersson from KAB and Inge Støvring from Ballerup Ejendomsselskab marked the construction start of Ellebo Garden Room.