The project VM Bjerget by BIG is a very unusual building with two different sides. From the north and west you can see a range of metal, whose holes represent Mount Everest. Behind it hides a parking garage whose shelves are on sloping levels. The parking garage with 650 parking spaces is colorfully painted in the interior. Above it rises a residential building, which continues to descend until it reaches the ground. The VM Bjerget looks quite different from the south and the east, from here you can see many small residential units with wooden facades, which cover the entire structure on an oblique plane. On the ground floor there are restaurants and a district library. The VM Bjerget unites a major urban project with a suburban terraced housing estate. The project of Bjarke Ingels Group was completed in 2008. The building is located directly on the elevated railway line, which opens up the new district Ørestadt.
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The BLOX unites different uses under a cover made of glass cubes, which were placed irregularly on top of each other. The name BLOX derives from this block like structure. The blocks adjust in height to the respective surrounding buildings. To the west the historic city has two-storey houses, to the south are 4-5 storey buildings from the 19th century and in the north is the new Royal Library.
The BLOX was completed in 2018 and designed by Dutch architectural firm OMA Rem Koolhaas. The building houses the Danish Architecture Center DAC with shop and exhibition space. Tip: The Danish Architecture Center offers guided walking tours.
Another project by BIG is the residential complex 8Tallet in the district of Ørestadt. From above, the structure looks like the number eight. Two blocks were connected with each other in the middle. At the southwestern corner the otherwise closed block opens up and light can shine into the green courtyard. The large opening offers a view from the apartments into the nature, as the district ends here and you can see over a water surface, the meadows and woods behind. The residential block offers many different types of flats, there are small single flats, two-storey flats and spacious penthous apartments. On the ground floor you will find social services, day-care centers and a restaurant with a terrace on the lake with delicious smørrebrød. The 8Tallet from Bjarke Ingels Group was built in 2010. The facades are covered with aluminum panels. In the middle area, the passages are covered with gold-colored metal plates.
A waste incineration plant with a ski slope, that's Amager Bakke designed by BIG architects. The old power plant was demolished and replaced by this spectacular new building. At the highest point, the power plant looks more like a skyscraper. From the very top, the ski slope winds down to the very bottom. Copenhagen wants to be the first CO2 neutral capital and this waste incineration plant makes a big contribution. The building should serve not only its purpose but have another benefit for the inhabitants of Copenhagen. There is a hiking trail next to the ski slope that leads to the summit, and at the top there is a cafe overlooking the city. From up here you can see the Little Mermaid sitting on her rock about 1.5 kilometers away. Amager Bakke was opened in 2020.
The Niels Bohr Bygningen was built for the University of Copenhagen in 2019. The glass structure consists of two parts located on different sides of Jagtvej street. The two buildings are connected by a bridge and a tunnel. The institute was named after the Danish physicist and Nobel laureate Niels Bohr. The architects Christensen & Co. and Vilhelm Lauritzen have covered the building with pyramidal glass elements. Incisions in the building and atria allow light to penetrate into the lower floors.
The building north of the road stands at a right angle to the Jagtvej, while the southern building (photo) runs parallel to the road. The Niels Bohr Building houses science faculties, with lecture halls, lobaratories, offices, resting areas and cafes.
The current Radisson Hotel was designed in 1956 by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. Jacobsen is still world-famous for his chairs. For the SAS Hotel he also designed the armchairs swan and egg. The building was the first skyscraper in international style in Copenhagen. To built a skyscraper directly in the center, was still unusual for Europe at that time. The SAS Hotel is located near Copenhagen Central Station.
The shape was based on the New York Lever House, which was built in 1952. On a flat pedestal rises the tower with a horizontal facade. As with all modern skyscrapers, the facade is hung in front of the underlying structure and has no static function. This made horizontal bands of windows possible. At 69.60 m, the SAS skyscraper was the tallest building in Denmark until 1969.
The SAS Hotel scepticism prevailed among the population, and the professional world was not happy with a bad copy of the Lever House. But the quality of Arne Jacobsen was more in furniture design. The hotel was a work of art in which Jacobsen had designed every detail. Unfortunately, not much is left today, because the interior was not preserved.
The project Axel Towers consists of 5 round towers with different heights. The tallest of these towers is about 61 m high and has 15 floors. The five towers are all interconnected and are enveloped by a single facade. The metal elements of the facade shimmer dark brown to gold. The windows are a little bit behinde the facade and are shaded by the horizontal and vertical metal struts. The square under the Axel Towers has been planted with trees, while the ground floor has shops and cafés. The Axel Towers was designed by the architects Lundgaard & Tranberg and opened in 2017.
The Superkilen square in the district of Norrebro is the result of BIG and TOPOTEK 1. Superkilen consists of 3 different subareas. Between Norrebrogade and the Norrebro halls is the red area, with many different shades of red as flooring and red poles on which Russian and Chinese symbols can be found. The connecting link of the 3 parts is the bike path, which touches all areas. The second area is Den Sorte Plads with white lines on black asphalt. It contains Chinese palm trees, a Moroccan fountain and a Japanese climbing octopus. The signs from different countries symbolize the different cultures of Norrebro.
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