BIG’s Cactus Towers in Copenhagen IKEA Project

In the works is a collaboration between ABC collaborators Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and another Danish office, Dorte Mandrup Architects, which will consist of an urban IKEA store, a budget hotel, and residential towers linked together by green space. The IKEA franchise will lack a parking lot, in the hopes that customers will purchase smaller and objects and transport them home by bicycle; additionally, the development will be situated near a major rail station. The main attraction here are BIG’s “cacti” towers, characterized by their staggered hexagonal cores which invoke a sense of constant, spiraling movement. And they also appear to lean. The store, hotel, and towers are set to open in 2019.

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