Workshops & Studios





Urban Co-living for singles and couples

Around the world human habitation is facing a two-folded crisis: Ancient cultures of dwelling are being replaced by a commodified, corporate or state production of housing, which is neither responding to intimate or social needs, nor to the changing lives of the occupants. At the same time, this production of housing is built at an unprecedented pace, destroying habitats and exploiting resources.

This semester we explored solutions to this complex challenge focusing on a critical approach to co-living for singles and couples – an increasing segment of our society whose significance needs to be urgently addressed. A key question is how to frame everyday life architecturally, when living close to one another and sharing time, space and resources.


The site for the co-housing is the part of Ny Banegaardsgade 42, which is west of the existing buildings and east of the central station (and opposite Ny Banegaardsgade 45-53). The functionality of the neighbouring buildings should remain.


Housing for singles and couples.
Aim at 1/3 for each of the following segments: >30, 30-50, 50+ years old.
Maximum two adults and a total of three occupants in each unit.

Communal areas (of various sizes and usages). How can the inhabitants share their spaces?

Communal times. How can the inhabitants share their available time?

Communal resources (objects, materials, fluids and energy). How can the inhabitants share their resources?

Additional program on ground floor, e.g. commercial or institutional. How can the building improve the life of its neighbourhood? From these initial requirements, each student should develop her/his own specific program that responds to her/his approach to the assignment. It is up to each student, how much parking she/he would like to have on the site. As an opportunity to further develop the knowledge on timber building systems, we encourage you to use wood as the structure of the building.


Vilde Livsdatter

Sarah Ghobadi


Search questions

As a consequence of our search as architects, we also produce understanding and knowledge made of words -written and spoken. This search revolves around twelve constant themes, questions we don’t have a definitive answer to yet. This knowledge is not just a by-product of our activity, but rather an instrumental part that develops simultaneously and is imbricated in building. Search Questions is our sisyphean effort to organize and share this knowledge while it's blossoming, fragile and unstable. By doing so, a more specific understanding, and more refined questions emerge.

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2. Endless beginnings

Graduation Ceremony. AAA. Aarhus, Denmark. September 2020.

Journal paper
3. OE House

ARQ 94. Universidad Católica de Chile. With Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau.

4. Open Process Ecosystems

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5. Subrural

An incipient theory of the subrural, first published in Catalan in AT magazine, edited by Nuria Casais and Ferran Grau.