Kaktus Towers by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

The Kaktus Towers rise 80 m in height on an elevated green plateau – a floating public park with views to lively Vesterbro, Copenhagen Central, and the Copenhagen harbor.

Rather than a typical tower – a repetitive structure of simply stacked floor slabs – the Kaktus Towers twist at each level to provide unique perspectives for each of the units.

Photo © Rasmus Hjortshøj

The towers are an exercise in economical construction, wherein the cost effective repetition of skewed floor slabs not only results in an optimal net to gross ratio, but also a striking architectural expression.

Each of the 495 residences, arrayed around a central core of vertical circulation, feature custom designed interiors and private terraces.

Photo © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Generously spaced, multilevel common areas have access to terraces and the green roof, with amenities such as an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area, laundry room, café, indoor and outdoor fitness spaces, and a party room.

At the base, a commercial plaza connects to the stream of pedestrians emerging from the nearby Dybbølsbro train station.

Photo © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Architect: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle

Project Leader: Jesper Bo Jensen

Design Lead: Carlos Ramos Tenorio

Project Architect: Katrine Juul

Project Team: Alex Ritivoi, Alexander Codda, Andreas Mullertz, Bart Ramakers, Béatrise Šteina, Birgitte Villadsen, Borko Nikolic, Brage Mæhle Hult, Carlos Ramos Tenorio, Christian Vang Madsen, Dominika Trybe, Eskild Schack Pedersen, Espen Vik, Francois Ducatez, Friso van Dijk, Gül Ertekin, Hanne Halvorsen, Helen Chen, Henrik Jacobsen, Ivana Stancic, Jean Valentiner Strandholt, Jesper Boye Andersen, Jiajie Wang, Johan Bergström, Joos Jerne, Katrïne Juul, Kristoffer Negendahl, Liia Vesa, Mads Mathias Pedersen, Marcos Anton Banon, Maria Stolarikova, Mark Korosi, Nina Vuga, Pawel Bussold, Richard Howis, Richard Mui, Sascha Leth Rasmussen, Sergiu Calacean, Sze Ki Wong, Teodor Fratila Cristian, Tore Banke, Yehezkiel Wiliardy

BIG Ideas: Tore Banke, Kristoffer Negendahl, Bart Ramakers, Mark Pitman

Year: 2024

Photographs: Rasmus Hjortshøj, Courtesy of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

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