The Tingbjerg housing scheme was designed by the Danish architect, teacher and writer Steen Eiler Rasmussen and the landscape was designed by C Th Sørensen.

Building work started in 1956 and was completed in 1971 with 3,000 homes - mainly apartments in blocks that are three storeys high over half basements with service rooms - but there is one tower block and some single-storey homes along the west edge of the housing scheme.

Tingbjerg is relatively high above the city, close to the lakes of Utterslev, and around 7 kilometres from the city hall - out to the north west.

Long rows of apartment blocks are set around generous squares and open spaces in a fairly regular grid of roads but with good planting that is now mature and with areas for children to play. There is a main peripheral road and one main cross street running east to west but most of the apartment blocks are set north to south to make the most of morning and evening light.

The construction is in light-coloured brick and workmanship is of a high quality. This was essentially a small self-contained town with shops, a school and a church and at one stage 10,000 people lived here although the number is now down below 7,000.




In a recent government report - Ét Danmark uden parallelsamfund / One Denmark without a parallel society - this housing scheme is now designated as one of 16 ghettoes in Denmark where serious social problems have been identified and there is now funding with recommendations for intervention. These photographs were taken in January 2019 and show that the problems described in the government report are not about poor-quality housing or even about inappropriate or bad design and planning.