ØRESTAD (Denmark): Architectural practice BIG has recently completed the 8 House, Denmark's largest private development to date.
The bow tie-shaped curiosity is the third in a series of developments undertaken by BIG in collaboration with Hopfner Partners and client St Frederisklund Holdings — the other two projects were the VM Houses and The Mountain.
Containing 61,000 sq m of three types of residences and 10,000 sq m of retail and office spaces, the building lies in the southernmost part of Ørestad.
Its most unique feature is the continuous promenade and cycling path which allows cyclists access up to the 10th floor, which creates a "three-dimensional urban neighbourhood where suburban life merges with the energy of a big city, where business and housing co-exist".
According to BIG, the 8 House has two courtyards separated by a space containing 500 sq m of communal facilities. The courtyards are connected by a nine metre-wide passage.
"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," said the firm.
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