Basecamp Lyngby


Lyngby, Denmark






43.000 m2


BaseCamp Real Estate


ÅF Consult

BaseCamp Lyngby in Denmark is situated north of Copenhagen, and is going to be a shared living community for approx. 900 students and senior citizens. The building is designed as a catalyst for bringing people in all ages together in common areas for social interaction, as well as quiet immersion.

The architecture and social interaction

The project is articulated with an exciting entrance on the north, revealing a stunning view of the sculptural organic volume, that slowly grows out from the terrain, and friendly invites to enter the area, either inside or for a stroll up on the public accessible green roof landscape.

The architectural concept is based on the ambition of creating spaces that are uninterruptedly floating by bringing  varied experiences throughout the whole composition, and also adding something surprising and irrational, to let the poetry and the spirituality wander into the architecture.

The unfolding volume is constantly changing its height and orientation, bringing new viewing sceneries from both inside and outside forming inviting spaces of varying sizes and intimacy. The height slowly rises with its peek on the south-east, where it reveals stunning views over Lyngby and The Lyngby Lake, as well as over the unfolding sculptural composition itself. The roof landscape is designed as a 900 meter long , views and terraces.

The organic building volume is playfully wrapped around a varied common space with the central round shaped building as the heart, that visually reinforces the whole structure and interlinks the whole area. The round building is bringing together all the shared functions, and is the facilitator for social interaction between all the different residents. The buildings interior space is broken up into separate common facilities, and clustered together with a 300 m2 atrium, that visually connects them and creates space for hanging out and studying by creating an inviting bright green and airy triple height common space. The layout of the atrium is placed on a diametrical axis, which on the north side is opening up as an entrance to the area. Towards the opposite side of the building, it makes a buffer between the public spaces, and the more private and quiet varied yards on the other inner side.

Urban context

The varying heights is corresponding to the urban context of the buildings and green areas sorrounding the project area. Low against the villas to the north, and then the building structure rises to the south, adopting the larger scale of the urban structure in this area, continuing to the west and shielding the park from traffic noise. The curving building structure creates a balanced harmony with the green landscape, allowing the  building and landscape to be perceived as everything floating together in a 3-D experiance.


The project has a very high level of sustainability with reusable materials, reuse of the air for the heating and ventilation system, special flooding prevention, rainwater delay and storage, and 900 m2 of solar panels. The green roof has areas for growing local vegetables, and all the areas on terrain and roof is made of permeable materials, absorbing and delaying rain water.

The project is strategically well located with walking and biking distance to educational institutions and public transportation directly connected to the project. This supports the general vision of the Lyngby Municipality, that it must be easy and environmentally-friendly to move around in the city.

Construction and materials

The whole main construction is a made of only 1 single module type of concrete. This same module is stacked and turned in various ways, and has made it possible to built the organic structure at normal building costs.

The facades are Rockpanel wood facades with triple layered glass facades. The facade materials are in harmony with the natural green surroundings, and the vertical shades enhances the organic form, and gives reference to the vertical experience from trees in forests.