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Mountain Dwellings
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PLOT | BIG | JDS
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PLOT BIG JDS Mountain Dwellings CopenhagenHow do you combine the splendours of the suburban backyard with the social intensity of urban density?

The Mountain is the 2nd generation of the VM Houses - same client, same size and same street. The program, however, is 2/3 parking and 1/3 living. What if the parking area became the base upon which to place terraced housing - like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the 11th floor to the street edge? Rather than doing two separate buildings next to each other - a parking and a housing block - we decided to merge the two functions into a symbiotic relationship. The parking area needs to be connected to the street, and the homes require sunlight, fresh air and views, thus all apartments have roof gardens facing the sun, amazing views and parking on the 10th floor. The Mountain appears as a suburban neighbourhood of garden homes flowing over a 10-storey building - suburban living with urban density.

PLOT BIG JDS Mountain Dwellings CopenhagenThe roof gardens consist of a terrace and a garden with plants changing character according to the changing seasons. The building has a huge watering system which maintains the roof gardens. The only thing that separates the apartment and the garden is a glass façade with sliding doors to provide light and fresh air.

The residents of the 80 apartments will be the first in Orestaden to have the possibility of parking directly outside their homes. The gigantic parking area contains 480 parking spots and a sloping elevator that moves along the mountain’s inner walls. In some places the ceiling height is up to 16 meters which gives the impression of a cathedral-like space.

The north and west facades are covered by perforated aluminium plates, which let in air and light to the parking area. The holes in the facade form a huge reproduction of Mount Everest. At day the holes in the aluminium plates will appear black on the bright aluminium, and the gigantic picture will resemble that of a rough rasterized photo. At night time the facade will be lit from the inside and appear as a photo negative in different colours as each floor in the parking area has different colours.

The Mountain is located in Orestad city and offer the best of two worlds: closeness to the hectic city life in the centre of Copenhagen, and the tranquillity characteristic of suburban life.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Copenhagen [København]
Town
Copenhagen [København]
District
Vestamager
Address
Ørestads Boulevard (Fælleddiget)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Transport buildings and structures
Garages, car parking, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
2008
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AWARDS
 
2009
ULI Award for Excellence
2009
MIPIM Award
Best residential development
2008
World Architecture Festival
Barcelona
Category Winner
2008
Forum AID Award
Best Building in Scandinavia in 2008
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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
Considerable
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
"Damero danes. Viviendas Mountain en Copenhague, Dinamarca / Danish checkerboard. Mountain Dwellings, 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. 88-93
Emiliano Gandolfi, "Complesso residenziale/Residential Complex Mountain Dwellings. Copenhagen, Denmark. BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group", The Plan 34, maggio/may 2009, "Architettura/Architecture" pp. 50-64
"Wohnhügel in Kopenhagen/Apartment Mound in Copenhagen", Detail 1-2/2009 [Dächer - flach und geneigt/Roofs/Toitures], "Dokumentation/Documentation"  pp. 52-57, 137
"Bjerget in Orestad/The Mountain in Orestad", Arkitektur DK 7/2008, november 2008, pp. 50-71
Beatrice Galilee, "If you don't like one-liners, look away now. Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG] with JDS Architects", Icon 64, october 2008, pp. 157-164
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CLIENT
 
 
Høpfner A/S
Dansk Olie Kompagni A/S
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 33.500.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 33,000
Number
80 apartments
480 parking spots
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Moe OG Brodsgaard A/S
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STAFF
 
Principal-in-charge
Bjarke Ingels
Project architect
Jakob Lange
Project leader
Finn Nørkjær
Project management
Jan Borgstrøm
Design team
Annette Jensen, Dariusz Bojarski, Dennis Rasmussen, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Henrick Poulsen, Joao Vieira Costa, Jørn Jensen, Karsten V. Vestergaard, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Leon Rost, Louise Steffensen, Malte Rosenquist, Mia Frederiksen, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Roberto Rosales Salazar, Rong Bin, Sophus Søbye, Søren Lambertsen, Wataru Tanaka
Construction management
Henrick Poulsen
Systems
Frode Madsen Rågivende Ingeniører ApS
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Trilogy of Housing in Copenhagen

See dossiers abouth other buildings:

8 House

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

PLOT BIG JDS Mountain Dwellings Copenhagen



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