The 8 Tallet is one of the most sought out buildings by architectural enthusiasts visiting Copenhagen. So much so that at every entryway the building has a large plaque in several languages detailing the rules for visiting such a building. Because after all, people live here. Posted are the hours of visitation and a courtesy towards privacy if you venture through the building with your camera. The exterior stair is closed to visitors. But the ramp that climbs the extent of the building is accessible during the weekday from 10 - 4pm. It is a massive project with a lot to look at. It is also quite aways out there from the city. Pack a lunch or hit the 8 Tallet cafe if you venture to see this real diagram of a building.
I first saw this building in model form when I visited BIG's old office in 2008 with a study abroad program. I was an undergraduate then and BIG was not so big just yet. This building was just beginning construction. As I recall, the model was extensive, colorful and massive. The concept of the project as explained to me then was to create a housing typology where you could bike to your stoup from ground level even if your flat was on the top floor. It seemed like a wild idea at the time and it was just as wild seeing it in the flesh.
I still can't quite piece together how the spaces intersect. And I have coursed through the building's plans and sections. I would suggest approaching the building from the south. This vantage offers the token image you see in all the design blogs. There is a huge park just to the south of the project that is truly worth visiting. The contrast between wilderness to the 8 Tallet is extreme. The building has tremendous vistas to the south. If you approach the building from the north as I did, you get bogged down by all the other projects you see along the way. Go south for more drama.
The building is extremely complex, despite the diagram of the idea being so simple. I really appreciated the units meeting the slope at the ground level. It's an architectural wonder for sure. Perhaps not a typology that can be adopted anywhere else. But it is a triumph they built it as is and you can too easily read the initial diagram of the building.