Big House Copenhagen, Ørestad Architecture Photos, Architect, Residential Design
BIG House, Ørestad, Copenhagen
New Housing: Contemporary Danish Building design by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
23 Aug 2010
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BIG House Copenhagen
PROJECT BIG HOUSE
CLIENT HØPFNER A/S, DANISH OIL COMPANY A/S, STORE FREDERIKSLUND
SIZE 62,000 M2, 505 RESIDENCES
LOCATION COPENHAGEN, DK
STATUS COMPLETED 2009
Description in Danish at base of page
With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, BIG House will not only be offering residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade – it will also serve as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block.
BIG House is where you will find the attention to detail embedded in a larger context. Here, closeness thrives in the 60,000 m2 building. This is where the tranquillity of suburban life goes hand in hand with the energy of a big city, where business and housing co-exist.
BIG House is where common areas and facilities merge with personal life, and where you can reach for the stars at the top of the building’s green areas. The building’s housing program offers three kinds of accommodation: apartments of varied sizes, penthouses and townhouses.
With a mix of suburban tranquillity and urban energy, the townhouse and its open housing is ideal for the modern family, while singles and couples may find the apartments more attractive. And for those who live life to the fullest, the penthouses function as a playground with fantastic views over the canal and Southern Copenhagen. The different housing typologies are united by the exterior dimensions which provide inspiration for adventures, inspiring communities.
BIG House is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group who has been partly inspired by classic townhouses as well as the open, democratic nature of functionalistic architecture. The architects have designed a long, coherent house with immense differences in height, creating a strong inflow of light and a unique local community with small gardens and pathways that channel your thoughts into mountains in Southern Europe and memories of a childhood home.
The bow-shaped building creates two distinct spaces, separated by the centre of the bow which hosts the communal facilities of 500 m2. At the very same spot, the building is penetrated by a 9 meter wide passage that connects the two surrounding city spaces: the park area to the west and the channel area to the east.
Instead of dividing the different functions of the building – for both habitation and trades – into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial programme unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the office leases merge with life on the street.
This is basically emphasized by the shape of BIG House which is literally ‘hoisted up’ in the North East corner and ‘squeezed down’ at the South West corner, allowing light and air to enter the court yard in the middle.
’This is our take on creative, experimental architecture, which surprises and calls for a life based on a sense of community. We have actually elevated the shared facilities around the height axis, so that gardens, trees and the system of paths follow the body of the structure all the way to the roof. On the rooftop, eleven stories up, these shared spaces culminate in a combined ‘mountain path’ and rooftop garden. From here, you can enjoy the view of Kalvebod Fælled’s nature resort’, says Bjarke Ingels, founder of Bjarke Ingels Group.
BIG House’ 50,000 m2 accommodates 540 residential units. The base consists of 10,000 m2 businesses, spread out at street level alongside the surrounding main streets, and at the Northern court yard that houses an office building. Big House is partly for rent housing and partly residential property varying from 65 to 144 m2.
BIG House – Project Credit List
Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Henrik Lund
Project Architect: Thomas Christoffersen
Project Manager: Rune Hansen
Contributors: Agustin Perez Torres, Annette Jensen, Caroline Vogelius Wiener, Claus Tversted, David Duffus, Dennis Rasmussen, Finn Nørkjær, Hans Larsen, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jakob Monefeldt, Jeppe Marling Kiib, Joost Van Nes, Kasia Brzusnian, Kasper Brøndum Larsen, Louise Hebøll, Maria Sole Bravo, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Pablo Labra, Pernille Uglvig Jessen, Peter Rieff, Peter Voigt Albertsen, Rasmus Kragh Bjerregaard, Richard Howis, Søren Lambertsen
Collaborators MOE & BRØDSGAARD
BIG House Ørestad
PROJEKT BIG HOUSE
KLIENT HØPFNER A/S, DANSK OLIE KOMPAGNI A/S, ST. FREDERIKSLUND
STØRRELSE 62.000 M2
PLACERING KØBENHAVN, DK
STATUS INDFLYTNING 2010
BIG HOUSE ligger i den sydlige del af Ørestaden ved Københavns Kanal med udsigt over Kalvebod Fælleds åbne arealer. Det er et BIG House i ordets bogstaveligste forstand. Et hus med plads til mennesker i alle aldre: unge og gamle, kernefamilier og singler, familier, der vokser og familier, der bliver mindre.
Den sløjfeformede bygning skaber to markante områder, adskilt i midten af bygningen af rum på i alt 500m2, der huser fællesaktiviteterne. Samme sted skærer en 9 meter bred passage sig gennem bygningen og forbinder de to omkringliggende byrum: de grønne områder mod vest og kanalen mod øst. I stedet for at adskille bygningens forskellige funktioner, dvs. boliger og erhverv for sig, er funktionerne spredt ud horisontalt.
Lejlighederne ligger øverst i bygningen, mens erhverv er placeret i de nederste lag. De horisontale lag udgør en kvalitet i sig selv, hvor lejlighederne nyder godt af udsigten, lyset og den friske luft, mens erhvervslejemålene smelter sammen med bylivet på gadeplan.
Hovedansvarlig: Bjarke Ingels
Projektleder: Henrik Lund
Projektarkitekt: Thomas Christoffersen
Projekt manager: Rune Hansen
Medvirkende: Agustin Perez Torres, Annette Jensen, Caroline Vogelius Wiener, Claus Tversted, David Duffus, Dennis Rasmussen, Finn Nørkjær, Hans Larsen, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jakob Monefeldt, Jeppe Marling Kiib, Joost Van Nes, Kasia Brzusnian, Kasper Brøndum Larsen, Louise Hebøll, Maria Sole Bravo, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Pablo Labra, Pernille Uglvig Jessen, Peter Rieff, Peter Voigt Albertsen, Rasmus Kragh Bjerregaard, Richard Howis, Søren Lambertsen
Konsulenter MOE & BRØDSGAARD
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