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VM Houses / BIG + JDS

  • 01:00 - 19 May, 2008
VM Houses / BIG + JDS
VM Houses / BIG + JDS

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects

    BIG + JDS = PLOT
  • Collaborators

    Plot, JDS, MOE & Brodsgaard
  • Client

    Hopfner A/S, Dansk Olie Kompagni A/S
  • Contractor

    Hopfner A/S
  • Program

    230 Apartments
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

From the architect. If people are different then why are all apartments alike?

The VM Houses are two residential blocks formed as the letters V and M. The blocks are formed as such to allow for daylight, privacy and views. The vis-à-vis with the neighbour is eliminated by pushing the slab in its centre, ensuring diagonal views to the vast and open, surrounding fields. All apartments have a double-height space to the north and wide panoramic views to the south. The logic of the diagonal slab utilized in the V house is broken down in smaller portions for the M house. In this project, the typology of the Unite d' Habitation of Le Corbusier is reinterpreted and improved; the central corridors are short and receive light from both ends, like bullet holes penetrating the building. The VM Houses offer more than 80 different apartment types that are programmatically flexible and open to the individual needs of contemporary life - a mosaic of different life forms.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "VM Houses / BIG + JDS" 19 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/970/vm-houses-plot-big-jds/>
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sorvito areglado · March 25, 2015

brilliant!!! simply brilliant! my goodness

sorvito areglado · January 20, 2013

brilliant!!

sorvito areglado · January 20, 2013

brilliant!!!! my goodness

????? ?????? · September 02, 2012

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AllAboutDoor&Windows · September 02, 2012

What do you think of the balconies of this apartment building? They&#39re triangular and varying in exact size and shape: http://t.co/for2js4W

Elsa C. Aguirre · September 01, 2012

@Gabphox VM HOUSING http://t.co/4sxDZXag

Kingfisher Windows · August 28, 2012

How would you feel about cleaning all of this glass? http://t.co/jH0bsfGV

Tuna Tonya · August 27, 2012

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Carina Pelt · August 26, 2012

“@EssenBlauwhoed: @peltc kopenhagen ... http://t.co/epSPpDPv” >> nu in volle glorie

Greg Shue · August 25, 2012

WTF? "The VM Houses are two residential blocks formed as the letters V and M. " http://t.co/Q26hT4On

Marcia Marshall · August 25, 2012

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Arquigiras · August 25, 2012

Arquitectura en Dinamarca - VM Houses http://t.co/BjUw8KgU #Arquitectura #Copenhague # Dinamarca #Arquigiras

Christine G H Franck · August 25, 2012

WTF? "The VM Houses are two residential blocks formed as the letters V and M. " http://t.co/Q26hT4On

bernadet van essen · August 25, 2012

@peltc kopenhagen ... http://t.co/O8MCUfM5

Renata Tobar · August 25, 2012

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Arq. Gerardo Ayala · August 25, 2012

Two residential blocks, inspired by Le Corbusier&#39s Unite d&#39Habitation, are formed as the letters V and M. See more at http://t.co/TQ7KIlSj

Maria Ganarini · August 24, 2012

VM Houses / PLOT = BIG + JDS | @ArchDaily http://t.co/NFftst1y Sharks&#39 building! Are you so brave?

Nemetschek Allplan · June 28, 2012

You might know this already but it is definately worth checking out again. What do you think this mosaic of... http://t.co/23rJh0y1

Xheladin Hoxha · April 22, 2012

but the interior is awesome

Xheladin Hoxha · April 22, 2012

it should have won the first place for the ugliest building in the history -_-''

Artemiy Tselovalnik · June 30, 2011

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WOW!

Sean Cleary · June 23, 2011

Another great project from BIG - the kings of diagrams! VM Houses / PLOT = BIG + JDS | ArchDaily http://t.co/l42lClZ via @archdaily

Carmelo Dalpe · March 26, 2011

Officials said iodine 131 levels in seawater 19 miles from the coastal nuclear complex were within acceptable limits established by regulations and the contamination posed little risk to aquatic life.

ariana roberts · March 18, 2011

could'nt decide whether this was a good idea or a crappy one...

ericariva · March 17, 2011

2) VM Houses / PLOT = BIG + JDS _ http://t.co/m8Rxa7r #Architecture #Photography

Erica Riva · March 05, 2011

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Suzuki Takeya · March 05, 2011

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tokue kajino · March 05, 2011

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Vertex Modelling · March 04, 2011

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Vertex Modelling · March 04, 2011

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Michal Konicek · March 04, 2011

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adrian · December 05, 2010

cool.. it's economical to compress the forms.. so cool the lot is maximized :)

Jegan.M.V.Murugan · December 04, 2010

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Luiz Dumont · September 26, 2010

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fab · February 24, 2010

I still thinking that there is too much attention on the "visual effect" and not the architecture.
let say you are in plan 1, v35.2-s1 sitting on the sofa and in front you have the balcony of v32.2s, also looking at vm07.jpg (the more oblique view). Moreover for additional aesthetics the alternation of directions gives more visual from one of the upper balconies to the lower ones, aesthetics vs privacy, then the apparent subjective issue about aesthetics, that some "like" or "dislike" the appearance, the appearance is just appearance, nothing essential, and at the essence, the project does not accomplish what is promised (privacy, etc...) then it is not that good, even if the aesthetic effect might be "good" or "bad" which will depend on your own background of esthetic knowledge, but architecture does not depend on that, it is or not what it should.

flavin · February 23, 2010

Is so weird the effect

fercha · February 10, 2010

i think the basic idea breaking the appartments in puzzle like pieces to form unit, its awesome, but sadly the fachade its horrible. its agressive, gives an unpleasent feeling

socoll · October 23, 2009

so cool

s · June 27, 2009

looks like scattered broken-glass

s · June 27, 2009

If I lived there, I would be aggressive everyday,everytime.
The thing is although they want to makt the apartment different from the others, there is nothing different except the offensive balcony.

Joshua · June 04, 2009

@ Dustin

Look where at the diagrams labeled 'M scheme 1' and 'V scheme 1'. You'll find a matrix of the various units.

fab · May 25, 2009

"The blocks are formed as such to allow for daylight, privacy and views. The vis-à-vis with the neighbor is eliminated by pushing the slab in its center, ensuring diagonal views to the vast and open, surrounding fields. " I hope this is really true for each unit, its a little difficult to see, too much attention spent on those triangles... Because too achieve the important things there are many ways, and the article does not help so much in clarifying if it is really accomplished, but you can start irrelevant discussions about triangle shaped balconies... After a year living there you don't will care about that, but if you really got the "daylight, privacy and views" Damn photographers showing only the visual stuff, if they really care so much about those balconies, at least show how to live on them, and maybe the view from the balcony clarifying if there is really a good care about neighbors privacy and so on... Triangles or not, or if the corridor has that color, or even is there a nice girl in the apartment, who cares... at least they show that there are many different types and some interesting double heights... but again a strange thing: you can see more on the pictures token from outside, considering that one of the aims is privacy.

CMO ARCH · May 13, 2009

I think that this is a great and simple way to provide different units within one building. the unit layouts offer so many different options with unique spaces inside. I an imagine going to my neighbor's apartment and not feeling like I am in a copy of my own, it's fun and gives people a sense of individuality!

CMO ARCH · May 13, 2009

BO what kind of architecture DO you like? It seems most of your comments are so depressing...

Bo Lucky · May 13, 2009

This is just normal, average, ordinary, typical block apartment building made "strange" to draw attention. Why not... if there is extra money to spend? But is this right way to make people's life better? I don't think so... I like Abdul's comment above :)

juna · May 06, 2009

man. makes me uncomfortable watching..

Em · April 08, 2009

While the project itself may look interesting, the building in its actual location (and in particular the much-hyped V building facade) is quite disappointing, as it is packed between other buildings.

dustin · March 27, 2009

It seems to me all the floorplans are the same... am I missing something?

Mohammad Ataullah · December 18, 2010 08:32 PM

No they r all at different places on plans if u look carefully & on views!

Abdul · March 27, 2009

Jesus, it looks like 100 canoes got stuck while flying through the air.

Amelie · January 18, 2009

just bad ... wrong conceptual architecture for just effect...

martynas · January 18, 2009

I think it's too aggressive...

Mohammad Ataullah · January 07, 2009

Balcony gives dramatic effect.

Keith · November 04, 2008

is that a balcony??
weird,,

kasam · October 17, 2008

durian House or prickle House

Juan Gomez-Velez · August 28, 2008

Brilliant!!This is truly an extraordinary building,conceptually, formally and tectonically. The many options in apartment typology make this something worth studying closely.

keyhole · August 20, 2008

Oh my God!!!
What's this?

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