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8 house

8 House – Bjarke Ingels Group – Copenhagen
A housing development in the Orestad neighbourhood of Copenhagen.  The area is literally on the edge of the City (cattle grazed in the field opposite the 8 House) and still in the process of being developed.  It takes the traditional courtyard plan and cleverly incorporates an outdoor ramped sidewalk that wraps around the edges of the building providing front door access for many of the suites.  The ramps wrap around the outside edge and penetrate into the courtyards at the intersection.  I enjoyed the experience of moving through the building and anticipating what the views would be on the next level or through the connections.  The sculpting of the roof line open up views outwards and allows light into the courtyard.  Overall, a thoughtful and experientially rich project.

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