Life on a Rollercoaster

Life on a Rollercoaster

8 House

It can hardly get any bigger: By erecting the “8 House” project in Copenhagen, BIG have realized Denmark’s largest apartment complex.


Re-vitalization the super Apartment Building

After the negative experiences made with uniform mass housing construction during the 1960s and 1970s, mega apartment complexes were considered not communicable for a long time. Only since the end of the 1990s there were attempts here and there to bring new life to this disreputable building task. The projects of Bjarke Ingels seem to be able to free large-scale residential housing from its negative image. A visit to the new Copenhagen quarter of Ørestad, touching the southern part of downtown, provides impressive evidence of this. After the “VM Houses”, completed in 2005, and the “Mountain Dwellings”, where people started moving in in 2008, BIG have launched their third local large-scale housing project at the end of 2010 by designing the “8 House” apartment block. Once again, the architects have successfully managed to combine a maximum of density and unconventional architecture with individual layouts, intelligent openings and optimal daylight exploitation by deploying new typologies. 

“City within the City“

In order to bring the various demands together into a conclusive shape, the new building has been designed as a “residential mountain” with a maximum of 13 floors with a bow-like layout and with a partly wave-shaped ascending base by Bjarke Ingels. Apart from 476 apartments in 125 different variations, a supermarket, a kindergarten, 10,000 square meters of offices areas as well as a Café on the first floor along with two little inner parks were able to be integrated. A terrace-shaped construction of the two structures towards the south-west allows for an optimal lighting, a good view across a little lake and the nature reserve to the South as well as the cultivation of front gardens and balconies of outdoor terraces for all units. The new building becomes even more dynamic through moving façade structures with their variously shaped windows and nobly shimmering aluminum panels, mirroring the multi-façetedness of the provided apartment types. 

Residing without a Car

Apart from that, BIG have done all they could to connect their new building with its surroundings in a flowing manner. For instance, for allowing an optimal opening and a flowing connection to the city, the architects have integrated a public footpath next to the lifts, a path leading to the top floor like a vertical sidewalk passing all apartments. A large community area with guest rooms, lounges and roof terrace at the intersection point of both bows add to the living quality, a public footpath crosses the building here, too. Furthermore, a metro station provides a direct connection to the downtown area, Denmark’s biggest shopping mall, as well as to the concert hall by Jean Nouvels in its direct proximity. As a consequence, BIG havedecided to do without parking areas or underground car parks. A bold decision others should make as well! 


Project details


BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark


Completion: 09/2010


GFA: 60,000 square meters


St. Frederikslund Holding


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admin 2. July 2011 - 22:18

muy bueno ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

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admin 2. July 2011 - 22:30

The Architecture in mapolis is an example of Inteligent Thecnology in building and the Image of a Paradise round the architectonic building .-.

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admin 2. July 2011 - 22:30

! EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

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admin 2. July 2011 - 22:37

woaahhhh absolutely amazin great architecture........<3

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admin 2. July 2011 - 22:50

Exotic and green. Very good.

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admin 2. July 2011 - 23:29

Amazing! I love BIG's work, and this is definitely one of my favorites!

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admin 2. July 2011 - 23:48

neat stuff there... would be funny if there were rollercoaster on top it lol

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admin 3. July 2011 - 1:16

Kmaal kiti hoi a. . .mere kol tareef lyi shabad e nyi bs mai ena keh skdi a. . .wow great architecture. . .n everything is possible in architecture

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admin 3. July 2011 - 6:51

good one...

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admin 3. July 2011 - 9:15

You should all watch this video presentation of the house... it's informative, visually challenging, and (too?) seductive...

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admin 3. July 2011 - 12:56

no ładne cacko...

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