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BIG : 79 & Park

The architecture firm BIG presents 79 & Park, a series of housing units located in Stockholm, Sweden, on cascading penates, exposing residents to an unobstructed view of the park and the city. Result? A rhythmic construction, brilliantly integrated into the urban fabric.

Led by Bjarke Ingels, Studio BIG offers a set of prefabricated and terraced apartment blocks in a generous complex of 25 000 square meters. Situated on the edge of Stockholm's Gärdet Park, the residences of 79 & Park enjoy an oasis of greenery in the city center, whose architects benefit from a concept of housing arranged in hills and valleys, like on the hillside. The standardized apartments are superimposed around a courtyard and enjoy an instinctive anchorage in the site. Thought directly in relation to the environment in which they fall, the 196 units all have access to green terraces, whether private or shared.

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The 3,6 cubic modules on 3,6 meters are arranged to reach the highest point of the building, 35 meters high. The building unit at the lowest level is southwesterly and extends as close to the park as a public platform offering a view of 270 degrees over the landscape. Thus, the different heights of the building respond to those of their immediate neighbors, giving the less well-off angles a higher view of the city and the port. The homes, which receive a maximum of daylight, enjoy a soft interior, alternating textures and natural materials such as stone or white oak.

The complex is completed by community facilities on the ground floor: bike parking, nursery for animals or even kindergarten. What create a functional and pleasant microcosm.

Thanks to an organic and sensitive writing, the 79 & Park shapes a natural inscription in the urban landscape.

To learn more, visit the website of Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG

Photographs: Laurian Ghinitoiu

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