CREATING A ROW IN THE GROVE
One of the greatest neighborhoods in the world is in Copenhagen, Denmark. The area is called Potato Row and is comprised of approx. 500 individual homes. All the homes are 2 story masonry structures that were built in the 1870’s as worker’s housing. All the homes are in rows and are connected.
The term “Potato Row” has a two fold origin: the area before being built out was originally a potato farm and as the the homes were being constructed in rows, like potatoes, the name stuck.
Originally built as inexpensive and small homes for workers, the Potato homes are now the most highly sought after residences in Copenhagen. Each “townhome” is nearly identical, but you would not know it or feel it when you tour the neighborhood. Each building and front garden are articulated differently through color, plant type, fencing type and lighting. These slight variations create just the right amount of diversity and difference amongst the common architectural language.
JEMA’s new Grove Townhomes takes many cues from the Danish Potato Row. The 2 story townhomes are clad in cement fiber board and batten with raw steel plate at the windows and fencing. Each unit has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and has a second floor rear yard balcony. Each unit also has a basement. And like Potato Row in Copenhagen, each unit has a front garden.