Copenhagen is world famous for its architecture! We have an exceptional reputation that first and foremost has its roots in the ‘classic’ modern era between 1930 and 1970. Not least 1950s Danish furniture design is still today celebrated world wide for its aesthetics and craftsmanship.
The Harbour Bath examplifies what I consider the most successful urban development in Copenhagen ever. Kalvebod Brygge (opposite side) and Islands Brygge was one of the most industrialized areas in Copenhagen. Now it has turned into one of the most attractive public spaces in town. A truly radical turnaround!
Equally the old, worn out working class neighborhood has gone through a renovation and improvement, subsidized by the city, leading to a strong gentrification. Prices has sky rocketed and the residents is replaced by a younger and better off population.
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.
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.