Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – architecture with fantasy, creativity, joy, freedom, energy, activity and community spirit

In Oerestaden in Copenhagen, Denmark Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created 3 buildings: The 8-House, The Mountain and the VM Houses.

 

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – arkitektur med fantasi, kreatitet, glæde, frihed, energi, aktivitet og fællesskab.

I Ørestaden i København har Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) skabt 3 bygninger: 8TALLET, BJERGET og VM Husene.

 

Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The 8-House, Oerestaden, Copenhagen:

 

The 8-House, Oerestaden, Copenhagen. Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and builded 2008-10. Photo 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

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The Mountain – BJERGET, Oerestaden, Copenhagen:

 

The Mountain, Oerestaden, Copenhagen. Archirect: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Builded 2005. Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The VM Houses, Oerestaden, Copenhagen:

 

 

VM Houses, Oerestaden, Copenhagen. Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Builded 2008. Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I took the METRO train from Copenhagen City to Oerestaden some 10 km south of Copenhagen.

 

ØRESTAD NORD with Copenhagen University and DR-Denmark Radio and DR-Music Hall.

Metro stations: ISLANDS BRYGGE, DR-BYEN, SUNDBY and BELLA CENTER:

 

Ørestad NORD with University Copenhagen. Metrostations ISLANDS BRYGGE, DR-BYEN, SUNDBY and BELLA CENTER. Photo: 25. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

12 min. later I arrived at the METRO end station VESTAMAGER – neighbour to the green area KALVEBOD FÆLLED and OERESTAD SOUTH:

 

Metrostation VESTAMAGER - endstation of metroline from Copenhagen to OERESTADEN SOUTH on AMAGER Island. Photo. 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 ØRESTAD CITY and ØRESTAD SOUTH.

Metrostations: BELLA CENTER, ØRESTAD CITY and VESTAMAGER:

 

ØRESTAD CITY and ØRESTAD SOUTH. Metrostations: Bella Center, Ørestad CITY and Vestamager. Photo: 25. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The 8-House is situated between 3 roads:

West: Richard Mortensens Vej,

North: Asger Jorns Allé,

East: Robert Jacobsens Vej,

South: Kalvebod Sti.

 

Just 200 meter south of the METRO station “Vestamager” I passed a bronze monument and a big white car parking building: 

 

View in direction north to Vestamager metro station at right, Oerested City and Copenhagen in the horizon. Photo 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

and a large apartment housing area east of the building The 8-House by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):

 

Vestamager, Oerestad South. Apartment houses with The 8-House in the background between the two buildings on the photo. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 I passed between the two apartment houses in direction north to the 8-House – and from a bridge passing a canal i got this view of The 8-House:

 

The 8-House seen from south in direction north:

 

The 8-House at left - west of the canal and view to the northern uplifted loop to the figure 8. View in direction north with Oerestaden City in the background of the photo. At right apartment houses and the white parking building east of the canal. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View af The 8-House from direction north to south:

 

Here on the photos above and below you can observe the overall visions –  the architect design grip by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):

 

A. To open a rectangular apartment building block to create light, space and views in all directions from all apartments

by

1. design a figure 8 and lifting the northern loop of the figure 8 and lower the southern loop of the figure 8,

2. arrange all commercial shops, restaurant, cafe, offices and children institutions in the base floor,

3. arrange all apartments in  upper part of both loops south and north of the 8 number.

 

B. To create energy, activity and community spirit

by

1. arrange apartments in two levels with small gardens in front in connection with a 1000 m long path, which meandering from base to top through the northern and southern loop of the 8 number of the 8-House. Children, parents, neighbors and visitors can easily walk, run and bike on this small path and join the community spirit of the 8-House.

2. combining apartmens and shops create a small village atmosphere and with the 1 km. long road from base to the top of the two loops gives an impression of a mountain village.

Source:

Video by Bjarke Ingels, search GOOGLE :”VIMEO 8H – the 8-House” or click on following:

Link: Vimeo.com/3499612

 

The 8-House seen from north in direction south:

 

The 8-House seen from direction north to south. At left and east of the canal apartment buildings alongside the canal. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Where the north and the south loops of the figure 8 of The 8-House meets:

 

The 8-House. At right is the passage from east to west where the north and south loops meets. Photo in direction south 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

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The 8-House seen from south in direction north:

 

The 8-House. At left the south loop with the green roof and in background in the middle of the photo is the northern loop of the 8 number. Photo 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The 8-House seen in direction North:

 

The 8-House seen in direction north. Photo 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The 8-House, Oerestaden, Copenhagen:

 

The 8-House. Photo: 23. april by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The 8-House with the 1000 m long path from top to base go both south and north loop of the 8 figure:

 

The 8-House. The south loop of the 8 figure with the 1000 m long path at right and left on the photo. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Entrance through west-east passage where north and south loop meets in the 8 figure:

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The 8-House. West/east passage through the building where north and south loops meets.In the background you can see the bronze statue mentioned earlier in this article. Photo in direction east 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The 8-House – inside the south loop of the 8 figure:

 

The 8-House. Inside the south loop with cafe, children garden and offices in basement and apartments with gardens and the 1000 m path in upper floors. Photo in direction south 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 

The 8-House. Inner court: the south loop of the 8 figure. Photo in direction north with cafe, kindergarden and offices in basement and apartments with small gardens above. At right the 1000 m path, which circle around the north and south loop from base to top of the entire building. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Passage from the inner yard of the south loop to bridge to green area Kalvebod Fælled on island Amager:

 

The 8-House. Passage from inner yard of south loop of the 8 figure. Photo in direction south to bridge to green area Kalvebod Fælled. Photo 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View from bridge in direction southwest to nature protected green area Kalvebod Fælled, Amager Island:

 

The 8-House. At right apartments in south loop of the 8 figure. View in direction south-west to nature protected green area Kalvebod Fælled. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

View from bridge leading to green area Kalvebod Fælled south and neighbour to The 8-House:

Joy, freedom, space, air, and activity alone or with fellowship:

 

The 8-House. Bridge to nature protected green area Kalvebod Fælled south of The 8-House. Photo in direction south-west 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I returned back by feet to Metro station “Vestamager”.

I travelled only 1 km north to metro station ØRESTAD:

 

Metro station ØRESTAD. View in direction north to Oerestaden and Copenhagen in the horizon. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

On my walk north to BJERGET and VM Houses designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) I passed ØRESTAD HIGHSCHOOL – ØRESTAD GYMNASIUM:

 

Ørestad Highschool - Ørestad Gymnasium at right. The danish most popular and danish national vehicle in front of the photo: the bicycle for all ages!! Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik k Abrahamsen

 

Ørestad Highschool – Ørestad Gymnasium:

 

ØRESTAD HIGHSCHOOL - Ørestad Gymnasium, Ørestaden. Students relaxing on a wood bridge crossing the canal under the Metro. Photo in direction north 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Students relaxing on a wood bridge outside Ørestad Highschool – Ørestad Gymnasium, Ørestad City:

 

Students relaxing on a wood bridge outside the entrance to Ørestad Highschool - Ørestad Gymnasium: Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 I continued my walk along the canal further north 200 meter to VM Housers – architect designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):

 

VM Houses - architect designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) In front right is the V-House - an apartment building created as the letter V. Behind the V-House is the M-House created as the letter M. Behind the M-House is The Mountain, BJERGET - architect designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Builded 2008. Photo: 23. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 VM Houses and The Mountain – architect design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):

 

VM Houses and The Mountain. View in direction north. In front the V House. Behind the M-House and behind that building and as neighbour The Mountain - Bjerget. All buildings architect designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The V House – architect design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):

 

The V-House by architect design Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Photo in direction west with the METRO in back of the photo. Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 The Mountain – BJERGET, architect design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):

 

The Mountain - Bjerget by architect design Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Photo in direction south, Oerestaden, Copenhagen. Builded 2005. Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

 The Mountain – BJERGET:

 

The Mountain- BJERGET by architect design Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Photo in direction north with apartments and gardens on top of the Mountain. Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

Entrance of car parking in base of the Mountain – BJERGET with apartments and gardens on the top:

 

The Mountain-BJERGET. Car parking entrance at base of the building. Photo in direction north 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

The Mountain – BJERGET and METRO  in Ørestaden, Copenhagen, Denmark:

 

The Mountain - BJERGET and the METRO in Ørestaden, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo from METRO station BELLA CENTER in direction south. Photo: 22. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

I took the METRO train back to Copenhagen at the METRO station BELLA CENTER on both 22. and 23. april 2014.

 

METRO LINES in COPENHAGEN:

 

METRO LINES in Copenhagen. Photo: 25. april 2014 by Erik K Abrahamsen

 

I arrived 10 minutes later just in CITY CENTRE of Copenhagen on the Kings New Square:

 

Kongens Nytorv:

 

This fabulous square was created by the danish King Christian 5 in 1670 in baroque style surrounded by beautiful palaces and neighbour to Nyhavn:

 

A square which breath of fantasy, creativity, joy, freedom, energy, activity and community spirit

– a straight line from 1670 to 2014 and BACK!

 

Kongens Nytorv. Kings New Square, Copenhagen, Denmark. Created by King Christian 5 in 1670. At left Thott Palace builded 1683-86 and today French Embassy. At right Charlottenborg Palace from 1672-87 and today Art Exhibition Center. In the middle of "Krinsen" bronze sculpture of King Christian 5, king af Denmark and Norway 1670-99. In the backgound at right NYHAVN builded as a harbour 1670-74. Photo: october 2010 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

On this homepage danculture.dk you can read my article:

” Experience Copenhagen – 1000 years history on walk. The era of King Christian 4. Tour 3″.

Click on subject HISTORY and go to “Older Entries”.

 

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Text and photos Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2014

All rights reserved

 

Enjoy Life – be happy!

 

Melby, North Sealand, Denmark

24. april 2014

 

Best wishes

Erik

2 Comments

  1. Hi guys

    We are a non-profit sustainability magazine based in London.

    Next week we are running a celebration of Copenhagen over four days.

    I wondered if we might be able to use a few of Erik K Abrahamsen’s brilliant photos.

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  2. Dear Peyvand Khorsandi!

    Thanks for your request.

    You are welcome to use some of my photos from my 2 homepages Danculture.dk and Erik K Abrahamsen Blog (tvndk.wordpress.com)

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    Best wishes

    Erik K Abrahamsen