Name of project: The Pixel Villas
Assignment: Commission
Type: Youth Housing
Client: Private
Size: 1300 m2
Location: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Year: 2013
Status: -
Collaborators: Spacefab
Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schidt-Nielsen, Ivana Stancic, Jesper Nordestgaard Rasmussen, Carolina Pajnowska, Philip Thusholdt


The inspiration for the youth housing project comes from the classic villas in the old Frederiksberg. Thirteen detached houses in two stories are placed on the site, leaving little gardens in the gabs between. The terrain rises towards the East, creating a space for public functions facing the street, such as library, study room and a shared kitchen.

The concept of each villa is flexible and has four different layout options, making room for 1-4 people per house in either co-housing or private apartments. Each villa opens up towards a garden, linking the living room and kitchen to a semi-private outdoor space where the inhabitants can meet and interact. The private functions as bedroom and bathroom are placed upstairs and covered by a shielded façade, generating the feeling of a private zone. The ground floor in each villa is set back, creating space for public flow between the little villas and through the patios. The façade is transparent and provides the social zones of the house with daylight and visual contact to the surrounding houses.

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