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Modern Architecture with the past part

8 Houses: the Scandinavian Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is known as one of the Seven Wonders of Architecture, being one of the main ancient housing constructions in the history of civil architecture. It is believed that it was built before the fifteenth century and is located in the Cordillera Oriental in southern Peru, in a mountain range of the Andes.

The many studies carried out on the true use that was given to this construction, being that at first it was considered religious, but in recent years its supposed military character is discussed. Whatever the purpose for which it was built, Machu Picchu is considered one of the pinnacles of universal architecture and engineering.



8 Houses (also known as Big House), is a residential mixed-use development built in the shape of an 8 on the southern perimeter of the new suburb of Ørestad, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Designed by the famous group Bjarke Ingels. 8 Casas has won multiple architectural awards, including the Residential Construction of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival in 2011.

8 Casas is an arch-shaped building that has three different types of residential housing and 10,000 square meters for shops and offices. It is the largest private development ever done in Denmark. Comparing it with Machu Picchu and its many archaeological studies, the history of this site is believed to be summed up in 1430, when Picchu was conquered by the conqueror Pachacútec, who, being impressed by the peculiar characteristics within the sacred geography of Cusco, ordered the construction of an urban complex with buildings of great civil and religious luxury.



Machu Picchu surprises for its intelligent territorial organization, the giant stones of the land were beaten until they were flattened and created smooth edges and corners so that each piece intertwined with the next to create a wall. As in other Inca cities, Machu Picchu followed the religious architectural pattern of the construction of a truncated pyramid. The buildings contained rectangular rooms with irregularly sized walls, their roofs made of logs covered in straw. The architects of that time must have possessed the great skill to shape a polygonal block and fit it so precisely against the others, considering that they did not use mortar or cement.

8 Casa is possibly the modern residential construction that is closest in design and purpose to Machu Picchu, its design masterfully recreates social connectivity, and its streets are interconnected in the manner of a neighborhood through superb ramps that facilitate accessibility for all residents. The skillful way in which each installation has been calculated, with invigorating sculptural form constructions, creating full-depth dwellings that are filled with light and gorgeous views.



Just as Machu Picchu was a residential city of incredible technological scope for its time, 8 Casas is a neighborhood where community life is felt, with shops, restaurants, art galleries, business offices, nurseries, schools, and even a music conservatory. A complex and exemplary current project in its typology.