| Revitalization of the European
New Garden Village
In Denmark 5 to 6 agricultures are closed down every
day. This tendency is the same all over Europe. Agricultural buildings
are either demolished or used for other purposes and former farmland
is parcelled out for new suburban residential areas. However, these
new neighbourhoods are rarely built in correlation with existing
buildings, landscape or nature. The present project New Garden Village
is an alternative solution to this problem.
The objective is:
" to create new attractive opportunities for habitation, jobs
and recreational activities in the rural districts.
" to secure active farms worthy of preservation.
" to present a new town plan based on an improved adaptation
of the landscape. A solution more favourable than traditional parcellation.
" to give rural districts a new identity and opportunities
for creative development and a less stressful everyday life closer
New Garden Village addresses some of the most important
conditions for positive development in the country: to establish
attractive possibilities for settlement and employment by constructing
small villages in connection to farms worthy of preservation.
In the New Garden Village, the farms are centres for local production
of food and other natural produce: local cheese, meat, dairy produce,
wine and beer brewery, ecological fruit/vegetables ... Furthermore,
the farm provides the frame for cultural activities and can be adapted
to commercial use such as shops, small restaurants, handicraft,
Day care centres, youth hostels...
Complementary to the farm situated on the outskirts
of an already existing village, the New Garden Village consisting
of 30-50 small houses is landscaped facing open country. The houses
are sited as 'fingers' in the landscape while forming the streets
and small squares with trees, benches, fountains, playgrounds
The New Garden Village is a modern interpretation
of the traditional village with its half-timbered houses. The façades
facing the street are plastered (limewashed in colours similar to
local traditions), whereas the façades facing the open country
consist of windows and wooden panelling. Like the half-timbered
house, a New Garden Village house is built according to the same
principle of construction and can easily be adjusted to individual
wishes, needs and economic capacity. None of the houses are alike
but still they have a visual coherence and a vivid expression.
New Garden Village vary from small houses of 25,
50, 75 m2, to medium-sized family homes of 125, 150 and 175 m2,
to 'houseshare' sized habitations of 250-350 m2. The village embraces
people of all ages and income.