Latitude/Longitude: 55.6411, 12.5836
The manipulated perimeter block of the VM Housing is clearly defined in its four corners but opened internally and along the sides. The vis-a-vis with neighbouring units is eliminated by pushing the slab in its center, ensuring diagonal views to the surrounding open fields.
The V-house is lifted to create a permeable block with a semi-private public court for the residences. The pedestrian landscaping flows from the street, under the V-house and into the courtyard forming a spatial unity and sense of community between the two buildings. The courtyard also accommodates a play area for the kindergarten in the base of the M-house, along with an interactive learning area beneath the V-house.
The logic of the diagonal slab utilized in the V-house is broken down into smaller portions for the M-house. In this project the typology of the Unite d’Habitation of Le Corbusier is reinterpreted and improved: the central corridors are short and receive light from both ends. The building volumes provide optimal air, light, and views for all flats. All apartments have a double-height space to the north and wide panoramic views to the south.
The VM housing project also makes use of practically sustainable planning tenants. The V & M shapes of the buildings in the plan also help with the solar orientation of the building, allowing proper solar gain for heating and cross ventilation for cooling. The heavy construction system also helps minimizes heat loss.
Contributed by BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group
⇒ Architecture Guide to COPENHAGEN