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BIG + JSD – VM Housing, Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark


Ørestads Boulevard 57-59
2300 Copenhagen
The VM Houses, shaped like a V and an M when seen from above, is the first residential project to be built in Ørestad; a new quarter of Copenhagen. The characters represent PLOT’s vision of how to create the most light possible and a view for the most residents possible. The total project houses 41 shared-ownership flats and 180 owner-occupied apartments. To leave room for life around the buildings they lifted the V House on five meter high columns, opening the courtyard to the park area on the south side, and broke down the facades with niches and angles, creating a series of informal meeting places. Each apartment in the V Building has a tapering, triangular balcony with a panoramic south-facing view and rooms with up to five metres’ ceiling height. Instead of the usual high-rise apartments the units are designed as loft spaces, each different both in width and height, letting residents design their own individual apartments.

Architect's statement
The manipulated perimeter block is clearly defined in its four corners but opened internally and along the sides. The vis-a-vis with the neighbour is eliminated by pushing the slab in its center, ensuring diagonal views to the vast open fields around.
The building volume provides optimal air, light and views to all flats. All apartments have a double-height space to the north, and wide panoramic views to the south. The logic of the diagonal slab utilized in the V house is broken down in 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 get light from both ends, like bullet holes penetrating through the building.
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