BIG’s Cacti Towers Will Stand Next to New IKEA Store with No Parking Space in Copenhagen
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) collaborates with fellow Danish practice Dorte Mandrup Architects to create new urban development in Copenhagen which shall include an IKEA Store, residential towers, and a budget hotel, all connected by open green space. The project will be located by the Kalvebod Brygge water-front and close to the city’s railway lines.
Dorte Mandrup Architects will be responsible for the design of the 74,000-meter masterplan, in addition to the hotel and the IKEA Store. The hotel will comprise 1,250 rooms, distributed between two large volumes. When completed, it would be the largest in the Nordic region. As for the new IKEA Store, it will have no parking space for cars, as customers are expected to buy small objects which can be transported by bicycles.
BIG contributes to the project through the design of the two residential high-rises, named “Cacti”. The towers will provide “much-needed student housing” by including 500 “youth rooms”. The unveiled design for the two towers features stacked horizontal square plates, with varying orientations, separated by all-around glass envelopes. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.