February 15, 2012

Building 8 in Copenhagen Denmark by BIG

I was taken by this. It also looks like your living in a dream! It must be fantastic to have accessibility to public transportation and have amenities so close to home. This fantastic building was designed and built by BIG (Bjark Ingles Group).

8-House is located in Ørestad on the edge of Copenhagen. 8-House offers homes for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, singles, families that grow and families that become smaller. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building - for both habitation and retail - into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street.

Ørestad, Denmark near Copenhagen
Gross Square Footage: 650,000 sf
Total Cost: $118 Million

Bjarke Ingles Group

Founded by Bjarke Ingles in 2006, the Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) encompasses 64 architects working out of offices in Copenhagen Denmark and another one recently opened in New York City. This group can be characterized by creativity, high energy and a unifying team spirit, dedicated to the creation and maintaining of a workplace where they might continuously learn and become better at what they do. Not only is the firm budget conscious, they are constantly asking themselves, ‘What can the project provide for the neighborhood and its residents?‘“ Otherwise, ”the money is wasted and the opportunity is lost.” Ingles believes that a “pragmatic utopian architecture takes on the creation of socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective.”


The block to be developed is located near a new transportation hub and a previous BIG project. They starting designing with a perimeter block, instead of stacking, they layered the components of the program one on top of the other like a cake: Commercial uses, including retail space, a café, a day care center, and offices, are placed near the base, so that they can benefit from direct contact with the street, while the different types of apartments — townhouse,  flats, and penthouses offer living for people in all life’s stages above. Penthouses, flats and townhouses for the young the old, singles, a growing family or empty nesters layer the upper levels where the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street. Normally social interactions are reserved to ground level, whereas here a ramp provides social interactions all the way to the top of the building to produce a ‘lively urban neighborhood.” This sense of community is also increased with a 5,300 sf of community space. It is still too early to tell if these ideas will see fruition, however time will dictate its success.

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8H - The 8-House from BIG on Vimeo.

The follow video documents how the  8 House has fared since its construction and looks at its success as a building project.


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