Gemini Residence is a conversion of silos from a former industrial factory. The two cylindrical concrete silos are in a clever manner rebuild by hanging apartments on the outside of the structure. The inner space is left as the most spectacular staircase in Copenhagen, with an inflated transparent membrane.
The 8house is a spectacular and world famous project by Denmark’s even more famous ‘starchitect’, Bjarke Ingels, and his firm BIG (Bjake Ingels Group).
The building finished by the end of 2010 and gained stardom especially when it won the prestigious first price for the world’s best residential building at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2011.
The complex houses almost 500 big and small apartments as well as retail shops, offices and a kindergarden, a diversity expressed in the conceptual horizontal layering.
The New Playhouse is the one of the three Royal Theater buildings that houses the theater.
After a well prepared competition, Lundgaard & Tranberg architects was appointed winner, and the new building opened its first show in 2008.
What’s all that fuss about bicyclism and bikes in Copenhagen?
These years when Copenhagen has mentions in international media – which is very often considering it’s size – bikes are almost always mentioned, as if the bikes in Copenhagen was some kind of new revelation. Bikes has existed for well over a century in its present concept, but – in fact it IS a revelation, even so if delayed. From the perspective of urban planning, personal transportation by bike offers a variety of benefits that has never really been seriously considered before the turn of this century.
In this post I’ll give my comment and explanation on one of the special features of Copenhagen that is one of my personal favorites, if not actually my favorite favorite.
The Copenhagen street lamp reloaded
I suppose it’s more or less mandatory for someone like me, promoting Copenhagen every day, to surround yourself with things of local history or other relevance, the Copenhagen street lamp is a notable example.
It was only a question of time before I would get myself a few of the Copenhagen street lamps, a classic design of the 1970s that is replaced these years with new lamps. The old ones are taken down and sold on an online auction at Lauritz.com, initially estimated to DKK 1500,- for one.
Learning from Marseille
– a romantic ode to the unplanned
(- much delayed)
Before my 10 day break from my architectural guiding this summer, I knew very little about Marseille. The few famous movies that others referred me to (The French Connection as the more famous, I guess), hadn’t really appeared to me as Marseille related movies when I watched it maybe 20 years ago. A vague notion on a big, ancient Mediterranean harbor and industrial city was as far as my trivia reached.
With M/S BIG has realised the best project I’ve seen from their creation, and that’s something!
By inhabiting the biggest dry dock of a former ship yard the undeniable starchitect has conceived and realised a super atrractive place.