8 House: Bike to the Top of Bigs Newest Mixed


This article is a great example of how communities are conceived as living organisms, where the natural and artificial environments co-exist and buildings become living systems.   The building invites inhabitants to live and experience the space, to reconnect with nature, enjoy it and replenish its surroundings. The architectural concept brings a variety of activities happening in an urban space but adjusted to a small community, in this case a building, creating a dynamic, rich and flexible space. The result is a more efficient and habitable living environment that invites to live contemplating and respecting nature.


-Ana Maria


4 thoughts on “8 House: Bike to the Top of Bigs Newest Mixed

  1. Sandra

    I love the idea of incorporating the land into the neighborhood and community. The idea of being able to ride your bike up to your apartment is genius. And I love how flexible the space is around the buildings. Although, some of the feelings that I have looking at the structures are isolation and confinement, it could be the figure 8, not sure, but it just seems closed rather than promoting open community, what do you think? Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yuri K Fukamati

    Wow! This is a great example of how to incorporate sustainability in architecture. He used design as way to enhance the life of the user by thinking of “little” things (that most people usually take for granted) such as sunlight, air flow, the view… I hope people are embracing those apartments!

  3. Kari Calenzo

    Personally, I really react to how compact this complex is. It incorporates all the normal elements of a neighborhood, but within a much smaller footprint. This concept of a compact neighborhood within one architectural unit, also contributes to how sustainable this project is. With a smaller space, the builder is using less materials and resources. This architect also seems to be taking advantage of natural elements such as natural light and its proximity to water. I love this concept and wish we had more similar complexes in the United States.

  4. Erinn R.

    I first looked at the picture of the green mounds and it reminded me of Munchkin Land and Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. While I applaud the idea of using less space and resources, I wonder if the designers included people in the process. The figure 8 is a little claustrophobic to me, but again, I live in suburbia, so this would not appeal to me. This is a great example of the social embeddedness of sustainable designs. A great idea-no matter how environmentally friendly-isn’t going to work if the people who are demanding it are not part of the design process.


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