BIG – Scala


The Scala library, conference center and hotel project, by BIG [remember them?], is a turning tower rising up to join the existing spires in Copenhagen. Invited to submit a design for this competition, BIG chose to make an attempt at pulling the street-life up along the facade of the building by twisting the volume away from the road.


Stepping the facade back to create a Spanish Steps feeling at the base of the building, the ground plane rises up and around to create the twist in the tower’s form – and it looks as if the base of the structure actually rests [in part] on an existing building, which the ‘steps’ climb up. Pretty siiick.

[Honestly, the post doesn’t really need the image above, but I’m just really feeling the simplicity of their diagramming]


The image above [a view of some public space within the building] shows how the stepping would carry through into the building’s interior – creating both an interesting means of brining natural light into the interior spaces, and views into/out of the building between the ‘stairs’ on the facade.

Also, as you may have noticed, we here at MNP have finally gotten YouTube / Google videos to embed in our theme – which is ILL. Here on the architecture site in particular, expect to see longer videos featured every Sunday [documentaries, lectures, whatever coolness I can find].

::all info and images from BIG – video via YouTube [you can also download it from BIG]::

Posted: July 19th, 2007
at 12:31am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,featured ninjas,towering pagodas,videos

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  1. […] So today I went looking for a project by JDS Architects to post on, after yesterday’s article on BIG’s Scala project in Copenhagen. For those of you unfamiliar with the two firms, they used to be PLOT – before they split up – which was a product of OMA. That being said, I came across this installation that JDS designed/organized in New York City [currently being exhibited in Sao Paulo]. […]


  2. Nice article. I love the way the project is documented on their website. I wrote an article about it, which you can see on Thank you for that.
    I also added you to my blogroll as a sign of my appreciation.



    3 Aug 07 at 3:32 pm



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