BIG architects: 8 house   under construction
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aug 03, 2010
BIG architects: 8 house under construction


’8 house’ by BIG architects in copenhagen, denmark
image courtesy of BIG architects
photographer: ty strange

’8 house’ by danish practice bjarke ingels group, is under construction for completion
in early october this year. also known simply as ‘big house’, the 60,000 m2 residential project
is located in the city of ørestad, a developing area in copenhagen, denmark. consisting
of 475 units varying from 65 to 144 m2, ’8 house’ is designed to accommodate families in all
steps of life–big, small, growing, or shrinking.


view from the water

image courtesy of BIG architects
photographer: ty strange


terrace view of residential unit
image courtesy of BIG architects
photographer: ty strange



south facade
image courtesy of seier+seier


ramp to the first courtyard
image courtesy of seier+seier


image courtesy of seier+seier


south end in construction
image courtesy of seier+seier


image courtesy of seier+seier

the project is partly influenced by the classic townhouse but, instead
of using the usual
block formation, the assembly follows a layered
orientation: the apartments and gardens
are placed on top of commercial
and trade layers, which provide services at the base of
the building.
to provide each units with an individualistic quality of their own, the
’8 house’
is pulled up in the north east corner and pushed down in the
south west, ensuring an ample
amount of sunlight, fresh air, and views
of kalvebod fælled. the figure eight configuration
of the building
creates a moment of synergy as well as two distinct spaces in the
courtyard.
a 500 m2 communal facility is placed at the centre of the
intersection while a 9 meter wide
passageway at the same point connects
the two surrounding urban spaces outside of
the residential project:
the park to the west and the channels to the east.

to maximize a sense of community for the future inhabitants, the
architecture weaves
the shared facilities throughout the whole building
from ground level to roof. a system of gardens,
trees and paths provide
a branch of access points to these programs, ending at the 11
storey-high
rooftop where you can enjoy a view of the copenhagen canal.


diagram

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model

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courtyard

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terraces overlooking the water

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rendered bird’s-eye view

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looking down in to one of the courtyard

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walkway

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rampway connecting the base with the rest of the building

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north east corner

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south west corner, near the waters

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rendered interior view

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image courtesy of BIG architects


aerial shot of the construction site

image courtesy of BIG architects
photographer: dragor lufthaven



image courtesy of BIG architects
photographer: dragor lufthaven



image courtesy of BIG architects
photographer: dragor lufthaven

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