An urbanist’s Avedøre

Avedøre (sheet | history | kommuneplan):

Includes the old village of Avedøre; bordered to the east by Avedøre Havnevej, to the north by the Holbækmotorvej, to the west and south by Motorring 3; Avedøre Flyveplads and four houses are west of the motorway. A weird combo of open landscape in the west, detached houses to the east and a planned development south of the S tog.

  • 1660: reports of a kro on the first Køgevej, which ran through Avedøre at Stavnsbjergvej (extension of Kettevej x)
  • 1900s: area of market gardens; now allotment gardens, closed for half the year; former gartnerier: Stormly (Byvej 39), Rosmosegård (Brostykkevej 182) and Gungehus; sole remaining is Klarskovs Gartneri (Byvej 62)
  • 1962: transferred to Hvidovre from Glostrup NB Graensevej, west of Avedøre Havnevej OR 1974; not well integrated with the rest of the kommune with few road connections
  • contrast between tower blocks and the old village; an edgeland, never far from the roar of the motorway; feels half finished because it is – never reached planned volume/density
  • Avedøre Havnevej: (when laid? completed 1982) a Berlin Wall between Hvidovre and Avedøre with no through traffic from Grenhusene down to Brostykkevej
  • writers: Aydin Soei: Forsoning (2016), set in Avedøre where he was brought up


  • Avedøre Batteri (1892) – 800m west of Vestvolden, demolished in 1920, with the first houses built on the ground in 1925; traces remain – still surrounded by a ditch
  • Avedøre Flyveplads (1917; kommuneplan) – at GKL 580; listed at level 1
  • Avedøre Stationsby (1972-82; FB & FB2)
  • Belægningen
  • haveforeninger:
  • Mågeparken – moon landscape/prairie and rare fredskov/forest reserve in the kommune, created with soil from the construction of Amager motorway; great views of Avedøreværket; at the far end are some remains from CPH’s befæstning (voldgrav and krudtmaskiner), also several artificial water holes (vandhuller), home to Sjælland’s only grønbrogede tudser; marks the end of Hvidovre’s Planetsti
  • roads:
    • Byvej: old road, extended in the late 1950s to ?Hvidovre
  • Vestvolden: exhibition (again)
  • vinyard (grape picking, 2013)

Avedøre Stationsby (1972-82; FB & FB2):

Avedøre Holme

  • Flickr | Forstadsmuseet | kommuneplan | website
  • the last large scale planning in DK
  • Denmark’s biggest industrial zone (475 hectares) established 1957-66, surrounded by dykes/dæmninger to three sides, partly under sea level – and a fifth of the area of the kommune
  • the building process provided work for many, including workers from Jylland and Fyn, who were housed in a skurvognsby (huts)
  • 1964 saw the key turned by Jens Otto Krag on the digger
  • the 1973 oil crisis put a stop to the building boom and meant only 16K jobs were created on Avedøre Holme instead of the projected 30K; DK as a trad industrial nation was over
  • today, home to more than 350 companies giving employment to 8K, one of northern Europe’s biggest industrial estates close to an airport and motorways; inc Center Syd – identity as a business park, only semi-public (see Edgeland spots); classic edgelands industry – dealing with rubbish
  • the windmills create enough el for 1000 houses


  • Avedøreværket – chimney (150m) of Avedøre Fjernvarmecentral painted by local artist Johnny Oehlenschlæger (1989); Alexander Philip Wiper’s photos
  • CPH Business Park (1981) – Bøje Nielsen’s kontorhus, 300m long, for a time DK’s longest office building
  • Renseanlæg – biggest in the land: others at Lynetten and Damhusåen: sewage treatment – the industry of the edgelands
  • TEC Hvidovre – Stamholmen 195-215; ie secondary modern, at the back of beyond


  • transport: the 500S bus connects Vestegnen and Ørestad (ish); post
  • a path from Brøndby Havn along the dike and all the way round; actually half the area is ‘nature’

In art…

  • Kælkebakke (Brøndby?, 2014) by Christian Schmidt Rasmussen, with Avedørevaerket on the horizon