Sky Village in Rødovre / MVRDV

Some time ago we featured a mid rise building by OMA in New York, a cantilevered volume that brings a new concept for tall buildings. A similar approach can be found at a recent competition for the Rødovre Skyscraper won by MVRDV in association with ADEPT: A 116m tall tower, based on a 60sqm module arranged around the central core of the building.

It´s interesting to see the structural approach for this new typology, as you can see on another render below: the inner core -actually 3 cores to access the different program segments- is made out of concrete, with the units wrapping it around on a steel structure.

Something interesting in times like this, is that the building allows for different configurations responding to unstable markets, flexibility achieved by re-designating these 60sqm units.

The lower levels will offer space for retail and restaurants, with a surrounding public plaza. Over that, the building starts to widen for office space, and then starts to lean to the north to generate terraced gardens to the south, an orientation that benefits the residential apartments on that portion of the building. At the top, the hotel will have a great view of the city.

Last week I was talking with Robert Lange from BIG, and he was telling me that the danish goverment is very strict when it comes to energy standards in buildings, which is reflected on some green facts of this building: it includes a greywater circuit, the use of 40% recycled concrete in the foundation and a variety of energy producing devices on the façade.

The building looks good at street level, something very important for the city.

Also, keep an eye on ADEPT. They have won some interesting competitions, I´m sure we will hear from them in the future.

Seen at Contemporist and Inhabitat.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Sky Village in Rødovre / MVRDV" 10 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • tim

    I really appreciate MVRDV’s connection to the city in this and other projects, but… how are you going to grow a 12′ tree in a 1′ slab?

  • jiri

    May be they developed new kind of roots. You can´t know ;)

  • Comtitant

    I really appreciate the cute diagrams. They justify everything…

  • David Basulto

    Well, there are some small trees that grow their roots on horizontal, such as orange trees (i think).

  • borja

    i hope Comtitant is joking, i seriously think those diagrams don’t justify much, they could in some case, but so far the don’t
    anyway, i like the straight composition, it’s humble and poetic at the same time, simple and suggestive.
    but i wonder how do they deal with privacity issues. since it’s about dwellings vertically organized, it’s allways preferential to reach a high level of privacity, and i doubt about it in this kind of composition, cause these glass façades seem to face others in a close distance. i’ll check it myself with detailed plans anyway

  • Hamster

    Wow. Many years ago I read an interview where MVRDV talked about their optimistic way of seeing our age. With this in mind I really understand the way they project.

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  • Natalie

    The condition of Human living is more and more like bees.

  • claude mallia

    where is architecture heading??
    pretty renders and montages??

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  • Gaston

    what about that…? I just saw wall-e eheh it looks pretty much like mvrdv building…scary

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  • HenryE

    always the netherland´s talent !

  • mimar

    MVRDV did some great architecture in their beginnings, but i’m not sure about their attitute. what i see here is interesting as a conceptual idea, but the final project shown here is rather poor. just being able to arrage modular boxes around a core does in this case not make a great design with good proportions and also questionable in terms of living quality.

  • h

    At least put those trees in planters or something.

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  • Tosh

    I think this building makes sense just in its creator’s mind.. the diagrams show nothing but the random approach they chose, I don’t think they justify anything – there is no contextual diagrams – this building is all about itself – it’s trying to get all the people in it and make the surroundings empty and soul-less..

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