Latitude/Longitude: 55.6411, 12.5836
The Mountain Dwellings is the second generation of the VM Houses, with the same client, size, and same street. The program, however, is 1/3 residences and 2/3 parking, which services both the Mountain and VM House. Rather than designing two separate buildings – a parking and a housing block – we decided to merge the two functions into a symbiotic relationship.
The parking wants to be connected to the street and the housing wants sunlight, fresh air, and a view. Since Copenhagen is reclaimed flat land without topography, what if the parking became the foundation of the housing – like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the first to the eleventh floor. All apartments have sun-filled roof gardens, amazing views and street parking on the tenth floor! The Mountain appears as a suburban neighbourhood of garden homes, flowing over a 10 story building – suburban living with urban density.
Contributed by BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group
⇒ Architecture Guide to COPENHAGEN