A Copenhagen residential project ‘8 House’ has bagged the esteemed American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2012 Institute Honor Award. A project of BIG, the Denmark-based firm of Bjarke Ingels has received the award, which recognises work that ‘elevates the general quality of the architectural practice’, as announced by the AIA.
The project has a wedge-like structure, which provides a unique experience to the residents. The occupants can bike up and down its long sloping ramps on the outside of the building, driving from the ground floor till the penthouses nestled on the tenth floor.
In the backdrop of the 6,50,000 square foot complex consisting of a range of housing units, lie the Copenhagen Canal and the barren Kalvebod Faelled. With more than 1,10,000 square feet of retail and office space, it is one of the largest residential buildings to be constructed in Denmark.
Ingels noted that the project epitomised their approach called ‘architectural alchemy’ of mixing traditional design concepts in untraditional ways.