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Mountain Dwellings

"The roof gardens consist of a terrace and a garden with plants changing character according to the changing seasons." says Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) on Mountain Dwellings.

By: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Wooden Facade (South East).

Words from the architect

There are two different clients. One requested a parking House to serve several of the apartment blocks of the area. The other requested a Housing block.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
South Facade.

We created a mountain of 20, 000 m2 parking as the escalating foundation for 10, 000 m2 of terrace houses: a mountainside of single-family homes resting upon the colourful foundation of contemporary car culture. It is thus a project combining the splendours of the suburban backyard with the social intensity of urban density.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
South West Facade.

The roof gardens consist of a terrace and a garden with plants changing character according to the changing seasons. The building has a huge watering system which maintains the roof gardens. The only thing that separates the apartment and the garden is a glass facade with sliding doors to provide light and fresh air.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Interior - Parking House I (with skew elevator).

The gigantic parking area contains 480 parking spots and a sloping elevator that moves along the mountain's inner walls. In some places the ceiling height is up to 16 meters which gives the impression of a cathedral-like space. The north and west facades are covered by perforated aluminium plates, which let in air and light to the parking area. The holes in the facade form a huge reproduction of Mount Everest.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Interior - Parking House II.

The project consists of a parking area as the foundation of homes - like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the 1st to the 11th floor. In this way, the two functions are merged into a symbiotic relationship. The parking area needs to be connected to the street and the homes require sunlight, fresh air and a view, thus all apartments have roof gardens facing the sun, amazing views and street parking on the 10th floor. The Mountain Dwellings appear as a suburban neighborhood of garden homes flowing over a 10-storey building - suburban living with urban density.

Nominated for World Architecture Festival - Category: Housing

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Stair in Parking House.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
South East Facade.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Interior - Parking House III (with skew elevator).

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Interior – Hallway to apartments.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Roof Garden.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Interior - Apartment.

Architecture-Page | Mountain Dwellings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
North East Facade.

Credits

  • Text: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
  • Photographs: Jens Lindhe, Jan Magasanik and Ulrik Jantzen

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