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8 Tallet: Green-Roofed Eco Village in Denmark

Posted By Andrew Michler On July 21, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Green Building,Green Roof | 2 Comments

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Ørestad is an emerging neighborhood in Copenhagen that is redefining 21st century living. At the heart of the development is 8 Tallet [2] (or 8 House), a progressive apartment complex that is a small neighborhood in itself. The idea is that localizing services for residences — something large, dense cities take for granted — can be incorporated in new developments from the start. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group [3] (BIG), the complex features a gorgeous green roof, is oriented to make the most of available daylight, and is still just a 12 min train ride to downtown.

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The complex is Denmark’s largest apartment building — it holds 476 apartments, some with private gardens, and the ground floor features a commercial square– which in all spans 62,000 square meters. An east-west orientation [5] provides each living unit with ample daylighting.

The exterior is broken both horizontally and vertically. Green spaces dominate the court yards and the roof [6], reducing the urban heat island effect and providing visual relief for the occupants. Communal areas in the center of the complex provide residents with a place to stretch out on those long winter days. The apartments come in a range of sizes and prices to accommodate a large cross section of the population.

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BIG’s design is on the edge of urbanity [8] both physically and conceptually. The offices and retail at the lower floor provide pedestrian access throughout the complex’s entire footprint. Pedestrians have access to a path that transverses the roof of 8 Tallet as well, providing exercise and expansive views of the adjacent plains of Amager.  A short walk to the Metro provides access to the whole of Copenhagen [9] — a city emerging as one of the greenest cities in the world. Here is a refreshingly interactive video [10] explaining more.

+ Bjarke Ingels Group [3]

+ 8 Tallet [2]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/21/8-tallet-green-roofed-apartment-complex-opens-in-denmark/new-6-24/

[2] 8 Tallet: http://www.8tallet.dk/

[3] Bjarke Ingels Group: http://www.big.dk/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/21/8-tallet-green-roofed-apartment-complex-opens-in-denmark/new-12-15/

[5] orientation: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=139959

[6] roof: http://inhabitat.com/green-roof/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/21/8-tallet-green-roofed-apartment-complex-opens-in-denmark/new-9-12/

[8] urbanity: http://inhabitat.com/urban-design/

[9] Copenhagen: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/09/copenhagen-adopts-a-mandatory-green-roof-policy/

[10] video: http://vimeo.com/3499612

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