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Danish architecture firm BIG has finished work on 8 House, a 61,000sqm mixed use development in Copenhagen.
The project features three different housing types, as well as 10,000sqm of retail and office space. The design is intended to create a lively urban neighbourhood in the growing Orestad district, with horizontal layers of typologies all connected by a continuous cycling path, which runs from ground level up to the tenth floor.
The building is designed as a figure of eight form, with two courtyards providing communal space for the residents. A passage connects the courtyards to the canals edge, providing a sequence of connected pedestrian routes throughout the space.
Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of BIG, described the project as a three dimensional neighbourhood rather than an architectural object Where social life, the spontaneous encounter and neighbourhood interaction traditionally is restricted to the ground level, the 8 House allows it to expand all the way to the top.
The cycle path, an idea Ingels also introduced at the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, leads up to the roof where two sloping green roofs are located.
Ingels describes the design as architectural alchemy the idea that by mixing traditional ingredients, retail, row houses and apartments in untraditional ways you create added value, if not gold 8 House is a perimeter block that morphs into a knot, twisting and turning to maximise the life quality of its many inhabitants.
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