In the suburb of Ørestad in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen is this amazing development, known as '8 Tallet' (the '8 House'). Arranged in a figure of eight shape, based around two large courtyards, this 61,000 square metre building contains apartments, shops, cafes, daycare facilities and offices.
8 Tallet was designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group, and is intended to recreate the horizontal social connectivity and interaction of the streets of a village neighbourhood. It is intended for people for truly live in and be connected with the building, hence its mixed use, with buildings being used for residential, educational and employment purposes. The stunning design was recognised through the award of the Housing Building of the Year at the 2011 World Architecture Festival.
Despite having 475 apartments, there is not a single car parking space at this development. Although you can't drive here, you can cycle all the way up to the 10th floor without stopping, thanks to the integrated pedestrian and bike ramp.
The promenade and cycle track runs around the whole of the building to increase the feeling of connectivity between residents. At the cross of the figure eight is the main focal point for the scheme, and is where the nursery and cinema are located. The ebb and flow of the building height is intended to maximise the light to the residential dwellings, a number of which feature balconies and terraces.
Photography by: Ty Stange