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VM Houses
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DESIGNER
 
 
PLOT
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DESCRIPTION
 
PLOT = BIG + JDS VM HousesThe VM Houses, shaped like a V and an M when seen from above, is the first residential project to be built in the new district of Copenhagen known as Ørestaden. The upcoming neighbourhood is connected to the center of the city by the new metro system.

The manipulated perimeter block of the V building is clearly defined in its four corners, but opened internally and along the sides. The vis-à-vis with the neighbouring M house is eliminated by pushing the slab in its centre, ensuring diagonal views to the vast, open fields around. The building volume provides optimal air, daylight and views to all apartments with triangular-shaped balconies characterizing the south facing facade. All apartments have a double-height space to the north and wide panoramic views to the south.

PLOT = BIG + JDS VM HousesPeople can access the apartments from a central corridor that cuts through the building volume and opens up towards daylight and views at each end. The corridors create connections to elevators and staircases and function as a local community where people can meet spontaneously and children can play. The central hallway function as a public space, imitating random bullet holes penetrating the building.

A similar logic of the diagonal slab is used in the M building, although in this case it is broken down into smaller portions. Here, the typology of Le Corbusier's Unitè d'habitation is reinterpreted and mutated: the central corridors are short and receive light from both ends. Individual terraces are all on the south facing side of the building, and the roof terrace can be reached from the central corridors.

The apartments are characterized by the interaction of mutually complementing rooms - with double-height studios near kitchens and living rooms, with large and open rooms that can be broken down into smaller ones and spatial attics which are naturally lit.

PLOT = BIG + JDS VM HousesThe VM Houses are made up of simple but exquisite materials with large glass facades framed by fancy wood. Floors are made up of solid oak wood, and dark, hard wood have been used for the balcony floors. Walls and ceilings appear with a somewhat raw finish in white concrete, and all internal stairs and handrails come in white painted steel. All the apartments' external walls are made up of glass.

PLOT = BIG + JDS VM HousesAs the first residential complex in the area, it was important to create an inviting environment. To provide public space around the buildings, the V volume is raised on five metre high columns, opening up the courtyard to the park area on the south side while the facades are articulated with niches and angles, creating a series of informal meeting places.

One of the most important aspects of this housing scheme focuses on the development of diverse apartment typologies, ranging from single-floor plans to triplexes. The 114-unit V building is composed of 40 different apartment types, while the M building with its 95 units contains 40 typologies. 
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, steel, glass, wood
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Copenhagen [København]
Town
Copenhagen [København]
District
Vestamager
Address
Ørestads Boulevard 57-59 (Fælleddiget)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
2005
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  My Playground
Directed by
Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Nationality
Denmark
Year of production
2009
Cast
Team Jiyo, Bjarke Ingels, Team Pktk, Team Frazy, American Parkour, Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff, Ryan Doyle, Pia Allerslev, Klaus Bondam, Jens K. Mikkelsen, Kim Madsen, Anders Fogh Jensen
Building's role
Marginal
Annotations
My Playground explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the spaces and buildings they are moving on are changing them.
Mainly set in Copenhagen the film follows Team JiYo as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents.
Award winning architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiYo convey architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore and unfold their skills, that may be just as groundbreaking as the architecture itself.
The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where the urban mobility is heading.
Team JiYo has a dream of making the biggest dedicated parkour park in the world, but isn’t parkour and freerunning supposed to be in the city and not in a fixed environment?

Kaspar Astrup Schröder set out to more closely examine the way that traceurs interact with architecture - honing in on parkour and urban mobilty in modern cities spaces via Team JiYo and the people that determine how the space is shaped within our cities.

www.kasparworks.com

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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"BIG / Bjarke Ingels", GA Houses 117, july 2010, pp. 128-157
"VM Houses. Le infinite variazioni del medesimo/Infinite variations on the same theme", Lotus international 132, novembre/november 2007 [Housing Differentiation], pp. 91-96
Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Mozas, Javier Arpa, Dbook. Density, Data, Diagrams, Dwellings, a+t ediciones, Vitoria-Gasteiz 2007, pp. 236-241, 392
Joseph Grima, "VM Houses, Ørestad, Danimarca/Denmark (2005)", Domus 896, ottobre/october 2006, pp. 34-39 (20-39)
"Round Europe", Architecture Today 169, june 2006, pp. 12-17
"Orestaden. M and V houses. PLOT now BIG and JDS Architects", Architecture Today 169, june 2006, p. 12
Emiliano Gandolfi, "VM House. Copenhagen, Denmark. PLOT", The Plan 13, marzo-aprile/march-april 2006, "Architettura/Architecture" pp. 56-75
"Wohnkomplex in Kopenhagen - Ørestad/Housing Complex in Ørestad, Copenhagen", Detail 3/2006, Konzept [Geschosswohnungsbau/Multi-storey Housing/Habitat collectif], "Typologie/Typology" pp. 182-183
Claes Sörstedt, "New Plots", A10 new European architecture 8, march-april 2006, "Interview" p. 20 (18-20)
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CLIENT
 
 
Høpfner A/S
Dansk Oliekompagni A/S
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 25.200.000 (€/sq.m. 1.375)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Number
2 buildings
221 apartments - 76 typologies
Surface
sq.m. 25.000
site sq.m. 4.700
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Moe OG Brodsgaard A/S
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STAFF
 
Project
Bjarke Ingels
Associate designers
Julien De Smedt
Project leader
Finn Nørkjær
Project architect
Thomas Christoffersen
Project management
Henrick Poulsen
Design team
Alistair Wiliams, Anna Manosa, Anne Louise Breiner, Annette Jensen, Bent Poulsen, Christian Finderup, Claus Tversted, David Zahle, Dhairya Sheel Ramesh, Dorte Børresen, Henning Stüben , Ingrid Serritslev, Jakob Christensen, Jakob Lange, Jakob Møller, Jakob Wodschou, Jørn Jensen, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Mads H. Lund, Marc Jay, Maria Yedby Ljungberg, Nadja Cederberg, Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Narisara Ladawal, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Oliver Grundahl, Sandra Knöbel, Simon Irgens-Møller, Sophus Søbye, Søren Stærmos, Xavier Pavia Pages
Mechanical engineer
Moe OG Brodsgaard A/S
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Trilogy of Housing in Copenhagen

See dossiers abouth other buildings:

8 House

Mountain Dwellings
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Johan Fowelin, Jasper Carlberg, Tobias Toyberg, Esben Bruun
Drawings © BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Text edited by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group VM houses Copehagen



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