A green and diverse urban district rooted in local history

In the heart of Valby in central Copenhagen, a new lush, green urban district is rapidly taking shape. The 160,000-square-metre site, which up until 2016 was home to Copenhagen’s fruit and vegetable market – Grønttorvet – is now being transformed into an attractive and diverse community strongly rooted in the area’s unique history.

Årstiderne Arkitekter are contributing five distinctive developments to the project.

For more than 50 years, fruit, vegetables and flowers were traded in the large covered marketplace from 1954, where more than 800 traders could sell their products daily in an exciting and vibrant environment with lots of vehicular traffic and visitors. In 2016, the fruit and vegetable market moved to new and modern facilities in Høje Taastrup to the west of Copenhagen, freeing up the site in Valby to be transformed from a commercial area into a visionary and sophisticated residential district.

“When Grønttorvet is finished, it will be a distinctive and sustainable urban district, with strong links to its unique past. The architecture and identity of the new district build on its qualities and special characteristics, while the new buildings will add several layers and dimensions to the area.”
Lene Foder, architect

Grønttorvet will be home to a wide palette of residential properties, commercial and service businesses, and will therefore attract a mixed crowd of residents, with families, young people and the old living side by side. The residential units are a combination of owner-occupied flats, rental housing and cooperative housing, which will attract a diverse group of residents who will ensure that Grønttorvet becomes a flourishing place to live. In the surrounding area, institutions and service functions will be established, bringing the district to life throughout the day and creating a safe and practical framework for the daily lives of the many residents.

Valby | Copenhagen | Denmark
Completed in 2021
160.000 m2

A green residential district
In the coming years, 2,200 homes will be built at Grønttorvet, and so far Årstiderne Arkitekter has been involved in five different developments, each with its own distinctive character. Common to all the developments is that they reinterpret the industrial buildings that previously occupied the area. The design of the buildings therefore combines detailing and styles which are inspired by traditional Copenhagen blocks of flats and industrial architecture, ensuring that Grønttorvet integrates naturally with the surrounding city.

“The developer and the City of Copenhagen have high ambitions for Grønttorvet and, as consultants, we have worked closely with the developer, the contractors and the engineers. Pooling our knowledge, we have ensured a better economy, more sustainability and greater comfort for end-users.”
Lene Foder, architect

Grønttorvet is an urban district with a high population density combined with attractive communal areas – a district with a strong, green and eco-friendly profile.

The flats have been designed to meet current demands for comfort, sustainability, outdoor areas and social communities – and therefore one of the priorities has been to establish roof terraces with greenhouses and orangeries, making it possible for residents to grow vegetables and organise communal dining and other social activities.

At its centre, a large area will be designated as a park for the benefit and pleasure of local residents. The park will occupy the space where the former vegetable market once stood, and will constitute the green heart of the district, where joint activities and relaxed social get-togethers can be hosted.