8 House / BIG

© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

Celebrating its third project with the same development team in the maturing neighborhood of Orestad, the construction of the 61,000 sqm 8 House has come to an end, allowing people to bike all the way from the street up to its 10th level penthouses alongside terraced gardens where the first residents have already moved in.  Follow the break and you can find images of 8 House at night, interiors, gardens, and diagrams along with a more detailed project description and quotes from the architects.

You can also check our previous feature on the construction of this amazing project.

Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Location: ,
Collaboration: Hopfner Partners, MOE & Brodsgaard, KLAR
Partner-In-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Ole Elkjaer-Larsen, Henrick Poulsen
Project Manager: Finn Norkjaer, Henrik Lund
Project Team: Dennis Rasmussen, Rune Hansen, Agustin Perez Torres, Annette Jensen, Carolien Schippers, Caroline Vogelius Wiener, Claus Tversted, David Duffus, Hans Larsen, Jan Magasanik, Anders Nissen, Christian Alvarez Gomez, Hjalti Gestsson, Johan Cool, James Duggan Schrader, Jakob Lange, Kirstine Ragnhild, Jakob Monefeldt, Jeppe Marling Kiib, Joost Van Nes, Kasia Brzusnian, Kasper Broendum Larsen, Louise Heboell, Maria Sole Bravo, Ole Nannberg, Pablo Labra, Pernille Uglvig Jessen, Peter Rieff, Peter Voigt Albertsen, Peter Larsson, Rasmus Kragh Bjerregaard, Richard Howis, Soeren Lambertsen, Eduardo Perez, Ondrej Tichy, Sara Sosio, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Christer Nesvik, Soeren Peter Kristensen, Lacin Karaoz, Marcello Cova, Luis Felipe González Delgado, Janghee Yoo, SunMing Lee
St. Frederikslund Holding
Project Area: 61,000 sqm, 476 residences
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Dragor Luft, Jens Lindhe, Ty Stange

© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

The bowtie-shaped 61,000 sqm mixed-use building of three different types of residential housing and 10,000 sqm of retail and offices comprises Denmark’s largest private development ever undertaken. Commissioned by St. Frederikslund and Per Hopfner in 2006, the 8 House sits on the outer edge of the city as the southern most outpost of Orestad. Rather than a traditional block, the 8 House stacks all ingredients of a lively urban neighborhood into horizontal layers of typologies connected by a continuous promenade and cycling path up to the 10th floor creating a three-dimensional urban neighborhood where suburban life merges with the energy of a city, where business and housing co-exist.

“We have now completed three remarkable buildings in Orestad, the VM Houses, The Mountain and finally the 8 House – which is the sole result of a good and constructive collaboration with talented young architects who had a good understanding for the economical aspects,” Per Hopfner, Hopfner Partners.

 Jens Lindhe

The 8 House creates two intimate interior courtyards, separated by the centre of the cross which houses 500 sqm of communal facilities available for all residents. At the very same spot, the building is penetrated by a 9 meter wide passage that allows people to easily move from the park area on its western edge to the water filled canals to the east. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building – for both habitation and trade – into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally.

“The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program 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 emphasized by the shape of 8 House which is literally hoisted up in the Northeast corner and pushed down at the Southwest corner, allowing light and air to enter the southern courtyard,” Thomas Christoffersen, Partner in Charge, 8 House, BIG.

© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

A continuous public path stretches from street level to the penthouses and 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. Two sloping green roofs totaling 1,700 sqm are strategically placed to reduce the urban heat island effect as well as providing the visual identity to the project and tying it back to the adjacent farmlands towards the south.

“8 House is a three-dimensional neighborhood rather than an architectural object. An alley of 150 rowhouses stretches through the entire block and twists all the way from street level to the top and down again. Where social life, the spontaneous encounter and neighbor interaction traditionally is restricted to the ground level, the 8 House allows it to expand all the way to the top,” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

© Jens Lindhe
© Jens Lindhe

The 8 House uses size to its advantage by creating immense differences in height thereby creating a unique sense of community with small gardens and pathways that remind you of the intimacy of an Italian hill town. With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and Kalvebod Faelled’s protected open spaces, 8 House provides residences to people in all of life’s stages through its 476 housing units, including apartments of varied sizes, penthouses and townhouses as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade in one single building.

“8 House is our second realized example of architectural alchemy – the idea that by mixing traditional ingredients, retail, row- houses and apartments in untraditional ways – you create added value if not gold. The mix allows the individual activities to find their way to the most ideal location within the common framework – the retail facing street, the offices towards northern light and the residences with sun and views to the open spaces. 8 House is a perimeter block that morphs into a knot, twisting and turning to maximize the life quality of its many inhabitants,” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG

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Cite: "8 House / BIG" 20 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=83307>
  • gl

    if they continue to construct neighboring buildings with separate identities, no relation to each other and overall strategy, wont it end up as a theme park ?.. as for the project – attractive and looks livable, i’d like to have a flat there.

    • http://shadi88.tumblr.com/ shadi ossaili

      i agree with you , there approach in architecture is really good & also there ideas but keep doing neighborhoods projects this way might make some serious issues .

  • Ainscough Elisabeth

    BIG’s architecture terrifies me, what does the future hold for building’s like this? There is no sense of community, the building stands isolated in its own world within the disaster that is Orestad. Can anybody honestly sat they would like to live their life and grow old in a place this? Its depressing.

    • Cássio

      I´d LOVE to live the rest of my life in such a outstanding place…!

  • tommi

    gr8 project

  • Fernando

    It looks better in the model.
    Where’s the tower? is the best part of this proyect.

  • orange nyc

    like most other projects from BIG, this is a hideously unattractive project more concerned with the rare interactions people may have with the building than its everyday use. he must be the most famous bad architect in the world. after attending his lecture i felt that his dumbed down architecture was more concerned with the pretty rendering or colorful diagram than its spatial experience.

  • Usman

    What captivated me is how the building form evolves as a result of the functional considerations made by the architects, which is in total contrast to the current norm in the architectural world- where form is everything. This is a perfect demonstration of “form follows function” in Architecture…

  • jose sosa

    I think these proyect is a good idea to make the most of a reduced area of ground, in a big city (even tho its a huge area)… im not familiarized with the life style at Copenhagen, Denmark, but i know europe is constantly using the most out of a minimum space… Also it uses the sun as a source of heat and power, and i think its a huge advantage to the proyect, since it reduces the cost of electricity and its bio friendly wont you think?.

    i havent seen the blueprints of the houses or lofts … that would be a good reference to see how comfortable are the living spaces…

    but for me… he is selling it jejeje

  • Karolis

    amazing presentation! performed at the highest level! top notvh! bravo! cocnept is solid, atractive and GREEN! as long as it is the the only neibhorhood like this around it’s all good urban planingwise, it’s eather that or they have to built the majority neibhoorhoods like that in bigger pease of the land, it would distort the cities unity if you put severeal of those randomly located from each other. other than that again BRAVO!

  • dss49

    i truly love the architecture coming from BIG. they really push the idea of urban into architectural form. the only problem is that urban takes time… right now each and every one of his projects have latent potential. it will take years before these communities find urban within their surroundings. the question is are they willing to wait? orestad is a transit corridor producing a more suitable form of sprawl… but its sprawl none the less. (one of the biggest malls in denmark is just around the corner… good luck attracting economic life to the area.