I finally visited the 8 House by BIG, 2010 in Ørestad a few weeks ago. On approach I was surprised by the extent of the barrenness of the area (and the gale-force winds), but once within the development itself - there was so much to like. Urban context will take time to develop, and I have no doubt that this is a fantastic solution for inner Copenhagen’s housing shortage. The figure 8 form of the building has been manipulated to maximise sunlight into each of the apartments terraces. The terraces sit snuggly next to one another encouraging neighbourly interaction. Running alongside the terraces is a continuous public 1.2km pathway/street which visitors are invited to traverse by foot or by bike, as I did. The community feel and harmony within the complex is really something to be commended.
8 House // Richard Mortensens Vej 81, Ørestad // map
Great to have this much consideration given to providing the units with a terraces and outdoor living opportunities.
Architect Michael McColloch repurposed this existing agricultural building. The contractor was Patrick O’Neill greenlinefw of Grerenline Woodworking, Portland.
This is a modest home and an impressive bit of northwest regional modernism from 1946. To sit in this house is an inspiration. The architect was Dewitt Robinson who built it as his own home.