Copenhagen’s BIG have completed a residential, retail and office development

BIG 8 House
BIG 8 House

A 61,000 square metre bowtie shaped building commissioned by St Frederikslund and Per Hopfner in Copenhagen in 2006 has now been completed. The mixed-use construction, 8 House, not only offers housing, shops and offices but also features a park and canals. Its most unique feature is a promenade alongside terraced gardens that allows people to bike all the way from the street up to its tenth level penthouses.

The 8 House features two sloping green roofs 1,700 square metres that are strategically placed to reduce the urban heat island effect. This helps to add a visual identity, while also helping it fit with the adjacent farmlands to the south. Great differences in height are used on the 467 housing units to create a sense of community like the hill towns of Italy.

Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of BIG, said: “8 House is a three-dimensional neighbourhood rather than an architectural object. An alley of 150 row houses stretches through the entire block and twists all the way from street level to the top and down again.” He points out this is where social life, especially spontaneous encounters and consequent neighbour interactions – traditionally restricted to the ground level – can expand all the way to the top through architectural alchemy.

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