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.
The BLOX unites different uses under a cover made of glass cubes, which were placed irregularly on top of each other. The name BLOX (blocks) derives from this. The blocks adjust in height to the respective surrounding buildings. To the west of the building, the historic city begins with two-storey houses, to the south rise 4-5 storey buildings from the 19th century and in the north is the black Neubauder Royal Library.
The BLOX was completed in 2018 and designed by Dutch architectural firm OMA Rem Koolhaas. The building also houses the Danish Architecture Center DAC with shop and exhibition space. Tip: The Danish Architecture Center also offers guided tours (walking tours).
Another project of BIG is the residential complex 8Tallet in the district of Ørestadt. From above, the building looks like an eight. Two blocks were connected in the middle with each other. At the southwestern corner opens the otherwise closed block and lets light into the green courtyard. The large opening offers a view of nature from the apartments, as the district ends here and you can see over a water surface, the meadows behind it. The block of flats offers many different types of flats, there are small single flats, two-storey flats and spacious penthous flats. 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 ski slope, that's Amager Bakke from BIG Architekten. 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 its rock about 1.5 kilometers away. Amager Bakke is still under construction and is likely to open in early 2020.
For the University of Copenhagen in 2019 the Niels Bohr Bygningen was built. The glass structure consists of two components located on different sides of Jagtvej street. The two houses 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 both covered the building with pyramidal glass elements. Incisions in the building envelope and atria allow light to penetrate into the lower components.
The component north of the road is at right angles to the Jagtvej, while the southern building (photo) runs parallel to the road. The Niels Bohr Building houses science faculties, with lecture theaters, lobaratories, offices, rest 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, who does not know the ant. For the SAS Hotel he also designed the armchairs swan and egg. The building was the first skyscraper in international style in Copenhagen. Even the skyscrapers are built directly in the center, was still unusual for Europe. One tried rather to preserve the historic center in front of skyscrapers. 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 skyscraper with a horizontal facade layout. 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 prevailed among the population, and the professional world was not praised for the copy of the Lever House but the quality of Arne Jacobsen was more in the design. The hotel was a total work of art in which Jacobsen had planned every detail. Of that, unfortunately, not much is left today, because the interior is no longer 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 further back 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 Platz in the northern 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 the sort of 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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