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8 House
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DESIGNER
 
 
BIG
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DESCRIPTION
 
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group 8 House CopenhagenWith spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, 8 House will not only be offering residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade - it will also serve as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block.

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group 8 House Copenhagen8 House is where you will find the attention to detail embedded in a larger context. Here, closeness thrives in the 60,000 m2 building. This is where the tranquillity of suburban life goes hand in hand with the energy of a big city, where business and housing co-exist. 8 House is where common areas and facilities merge with personal life, and where you can reach for the stars at the top of the building’s green areas. The building’s housing program offers three kinds of accommodation: apartments of varied sizes, penthouses and townhouses. With a mix of suburban tranquillity and urban energy, the townhouse and its open housing is ideal for the modern family, while singles and couples may find the apartments more attractive. And for those who live life to the fullest, the penthouses function as a playground with fantastic views over the canal and Southern Copenhagen. The different housing typologies are united by the exterior dimensions which provide inspiration for adventures, inspiring communities.

8 House is designed by BIG who has been partly inspired by classic townhouses as well as the open, democratic nature of functionalistic architecture. The architects have designed a long, coherent house with immense differences in height, creating a strong inflow of light and a unique local community with small gardens and pathways that channel your thoughts into mountains in Southern Europe and memories of a childhood home. The bow-shaped building creates two distinct spaces, separated by the centre of the bow which hosts the communal facilities of 500 m2. At the very same spot, the building is penetrated by a 9 meter wide passage that connects the two surrounding city spaces: the park area to the west and the channel area to the east. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building - for both habitation and trades - into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally.
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group 8 House CopenhagenThe apartments are placed at the top while the commercial programme 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 office leases merge with life on the street. This is basically emphasized by the shape of 8 House which is literally ‘hoisted up’ in the North East corner and ‘squeezed down’ at the South West corner, allowing light and air to enter the court yard in the middle.

’This is our take on creative, experimental architecture, which surprises and calls for a life based on a sense of community. We have actually elevated the shared facilities around the height axis, so that gardens, trees and the system of paths follow the body of the structure all the way to the roof. On the rooftop, eleven stories up, these shared spaces culminate in a combined ‘mountain path’ and rooftop garden. From here, you can enjoy the view of Kalvebod Fælled’s nature resort’, says Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG.

8 House’ 50,000 m2 accommodates 475 residential units. The base consists of 10,000 m2 businesses, spread out at street level alongside the surrounding main streets, and at the Northern court yard that houses an office building. 8 House is partly for rent housing and partly residential property varying from 65 to 144 m2.
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group 8 House Copenhagen
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Copenhagen [København]
Town
Copenhagen [København]
Address
Ørestads Boulevard, Ejler Billes Allé (Robert Jacobsens Vej, Richard Mortensens Vej)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Hanging gardens

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Urban design and urban renovation
Residential areas, blocks and districts
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Shops
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006    
Realisation
2010
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AWARDS
 
2010
Scandinavian Green Roof Award
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  The ∞ Happiness
Directed by
Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine
Nationality
France-Italy
Year of production
2014
Cast
Building's role
Protagonist
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Joann Gonchar, "8 House. BIG", Architectural Record 8/2011, august 2011, pp. 44-51
Francesco Pagliari, "Complesso a uso misto / Mixed use complex 8 house. Copenhagen. Denmark", The Plan 48, marzo/march 2011, pp. 72-84
"Nodo infinito. 8 House, Copenhagen / Infinity loop. 8 House, Copenhagen. BIG", L'Arca 264, dicembre/december 2010, pp. 72-81
Klaus-Dieter Weiss, "8 House in Kopenhagen. Urbane Gemeinschaft / 8 House in Kopenhagen. Urban community", Architektur Aktuell 369, dezember/december 2010 [Nordic Capitals], pp. 68-79
Douglas Murphy, "The 8 House. Bjarke Ingels Group", Icon 89, november 2010, pp. 64-70
Marie-Douce Albert, "8 House. Un village gigantesque / A giant village", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 380, novembre-décembre/november-december 2010 ['A'A' a '8'0'. 80th anniversary of L'architecture d'aujourd'hui], pp. 153-162
Hans Ibelings, "Big, bigger, biggest", A10 new European architecture 35, september-october 2010, "On the spot" pp. 4-6
"BIG / Bjarke Ingels", GA Houses 117, july 2010, pp. 128-157
"Barrio Moebius. Viviendas 8 House en Copenhague, Dinamarca / Moebius neighbourhood. 8 House housing in Orestad, Copenhagen, Denmark", Arquitectura Viva 133, VII-VIII 2010 [Más por menos. La otra globalización, una estética de lo necesario], "Últimos proyectos - Técnica/Diseño / Technique/Design - Recent Projects", pp. 94-99
"8-Tallet/Figure of 8", Arkitektur DK 6/09, november-december 2009 [The BIG Lab], pp. 52-59 (1-63)
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CLIENT
 
 
Høpfner A/S
Danish Oil Company A/S
Store Frederikslund
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 92,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 60,000

green roof sq.m. 1,700
Number
475 residences
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Moe & Brodsgaard
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STAFF
 
Principal-in-charge
Bjarke Ingels
Project architect
Thomas Christoffersen
Project leader
Ole Elkjær-Larsen
Project management
Rune Hansen
Design team
Henrik Lund, Agustin Perez Torres, Annette Jensen, Carolien Schippers, Caroline Vogelius Wiener, Claus Tversted, David Duffus, Dennis Rasmussen, Finn Nørkjær, Hans Larsen, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jakob Monefeldt, Jeppe Marling Kiib, Joost Van Nes, Kasia Brzusnian, Kasper Brøndum Larsen, Louise Hebøll, Maria Sole Bravo, Ole Nannberg, Pablo Labra, Pernille Uglvig Jessen, Peter Rieff, Peter Voigt Albertsen, Rasmus Kragh Bjerregaard, Richard Howis, Søren Lambertsen, Eduardo Perez, Ole Schrøder, Ondrej Tichy, Sara Sosio, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Christer Nesvik, Søren Peter Kristensen
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Trilogy of Housing in Copenhagen

See dossiers abouth other buildings:

Mountain Dwellings

VM Houses
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Jens Lindhe
Drawings © BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Text edited by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group 8 House Copenhagen



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