Case study – Denmark: The Bicycle House of Orestad in Copenhagen (Bjark Ingles 8-House)
The 8 House designed by Bjark Ingles is a large mixed-use development built in the shape of a figure 8 on the southern perimeter of the new suburb of Ørestad in Copenhagen, Denmark. The development consists of three different types of residential housing as well as commercial and retail premises.
By stacking the various ingredients of the urban neighbourhood into layers and connecting each layer with a walking and cycling ramp – which loops around the complex – a sense of community was created because businesses and housing can interact and co-exist and because everyone can walk and cycle everywhere. The site is a less than a 2 minute walk from the metro station with regular trains to Copenhagen CBD.
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