One of the most notable projects in Ørestad is BIG's Mountain. This is another inventive take on a new housing typology. The housing units are stacked in a terraced form to provide a private rooftop balcony for every unit. These terraced balconies offer a generous amount of exterior space for an urban housing unit and during the spring and summer months the planters are lush with vegetation. The entire space below the terraced units is a public parking garage for residents of the building and the surrounding neighborhood. The building is called the Mountain both because of its built form and because it is clad with an image of Mt Everest. The image is created by a grid of perforated steel panels, generated from a high contrast image where each panel was custom water-jet cut with different densities of perforations.
The building offers a bit of comic relief as Denmark is known for it's lack of topography. This building is truly Denmark's only mountain. So naturally you must be able to climb it. Tucked behind the perforated facade is a public stair that wraps around the building and offers a vantage over the metro line back toward Copenhagen and Ørestad. This is also the best way to explore the building.
The parking garage is lavishly detailed. It is open-air and every parking spot is blanketed in a high textured black paint matt. Each floor is color coded with loud colors emblematic of BIG's aesthetic. The parking garage is terraced just reflecting the units above. There are playful graphics, an intentional graffiti on the concrete walls of mountain deer standing atop Ferraris. The housing typology reflects a single-loaded corridor, making all the units south-east facing.
Another lavish quality to this building is that it is the only building in the world that I am currently aware of that has a diagonal elevator, specially designed by Swiss engineers that specialize in building gondolas. This offers a unique, though expensive, answer to the challenge of circulation in a large scale terraced building. Thematically, all of BIG's projects feel as thought they are fully realized buildings in diagram form.