Video: The Bicycle Snake / Dissing+Weitling

The Louisiana Channel recently paid a visit to one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities to view what is dubbed “Copenhagen‘s new architectonic landmark,” Dissing+Weitling Architecture‘s “The Bicycle Snake.” “Strikingly slender” and boasting a simple orange track, the Bicycle Snake is a 230 meter bridge dedicated entirely to . The steel bridge tries not to “be more that it actually is,” unlike many other landmarks, connecting bicyclists to two main parts of the city by elevating them up to seven meters above the sea.

Sports & Arts Expansion at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

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Architects: BIG
Location: Duntzfelts Alle 21, 2900 Hellerup,
Multi Use Hall & Gymnasium Partners In Charge: , Finn Nørkjær
Multi Use Hall & Gymnasium Project Leaders: Ole Schrøder, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Frederik Lyng
Multi Use Hall & Gymnasium Team: Ana Merino, Anders Hjortnæs, Christian Alvarez, Dennis Rasmussen, Gül Ertekin, Henrick Poulsen, Hjalti Gestsson, Jan Magasanik, Jakob Lange, Jacob Thomsen, Jeppe Ecklon, Ji-young Yoon, Michael Schønemann, Narisara Schröder, Riccardo Mariano, Rune Hansen, Snorre Nash, Thomas Juul-Jensen, Vincent He, Xu Li
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Jens Lindhe, Rasmus Hjortshoj, Peter Moldow

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Design a Forest-Inspired Biomass Unit for Copenhagen

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Gottlieb Paludan Architects have been selected as the winners of an anonymous two-stage competition to design a new biomass unit at the Amagerværket power plant in Denmark. The combined heat and power unit (CHP), dubbed BIO4, will power the facility with biofuel, upholding local efforts to make Copenhagen the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025.

Kullegaard Takes First Place in Holbæk HavneBy Design Competition

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A team of architects from the Danish design firm Kullegaard have been awarded first place in a competition for the seaport municipality of Holbæk in Denmark. Seeking to form a connection with the surrounding architecture, their proposal for a mixed-use complex, entitled “Holbæk HavneBy,” derives its form from the distinction of public and private spaces.

Read more on the $22 million proposal after the break.

Watch Now: Jacques Herzog Lecture Livestream

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Jacques Herzog’s first lecture in Denmark will be livestreamed on April 28, from 11:30 – 1:30 EST, during which the Swiss architect will discuss the New North Zealand Hospital project. Herzog & de Meuron, along with Danish firm Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, was selected to design the 124,000-square-meter facility during an international design competition last year. To be built near Hillerød, the hospital will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first project in Scandinavia. Learn more about the project and view the livestream of the lecture after the break.

Butterfly Bridge / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Location: Prinsessegade 95, 1422 København K,
Competition Team: Ulrike Gabriel, Tom Groser
Project Team Leader Planning : Ulrike Gabriel
Project Team: Guillaume Buton
Year: 2015
Photographs: Christian Lindgren, Barbara Feichtinger-Felber

C.F. Møller Designs Denmark’s Largest Sewage Pumping Station

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C.F. Møller has unveiled designs for Denmark‘s largest sewage pumping station. Planned to be built on Copenhagen‘s Kløvermarken, the new building will serve as an independent counterpart to the site’s historic 1901 pumping station, originally designed by city architect Ludvig Fenger.

According to the architects, the brick station aims to “set new standards for large-scale sustainable utilities in Danish cities,” while “closely integrating itself into the dense urban context.” It will be built as a circular structure – the optimal shape of an underground pumping well – and feature two rainwater harvesting green roofs, a distinctive set of 24 meter-tall pressure towers, and two recreational “gardens” for employees.

Spotlight: Jørn Utzon

in front of the Sydney Opera House during construction, 1965. Image Courtesy of Keystone/Getty Images

Pritzker Prize winning architect Jørn Utzon, who died in 2008 aged 90, was the relatively unknown Dane who, on the 29th January 1957, was announced as the winner of the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’. When speaking about this iconic building, Louis Kahn stated that:

The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.

Unfortunately, Utzon never saw the Sydney Opera House, his most popular work, completed. Learn of his fascinating story, after the break.

Essex Park Musicon / CREO ARKITEKTER A/S

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Architects: CREO ARKITEKTER A/S
Location: ,
Sub Constultants: Engineer Søren B. Nielsen
Area: 5200.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of CREO ARKITEKTER A/S

Henning Larsen Receives Planning for Danish Mosque

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Images have been released of a new planned for Copenhagen. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, the mosque will replace an existing one on the corner of Dortheavej and Tomsgårdsvej in the Nordvest district of the city. ”One of Copenhagen’s slightly forgotten districts will receive a new architectonic pearl,” says Morten Kabell, the city’s deputy mayor for technical and environmental issues. The Copenhagen Municipality has approved the project’s planning application and completion is expected for February 2016.

The VIPP Shelter / VIPP

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Architects: VIPP
Location:
Chief Designer: Morten Bo Jensen
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of VIPP

NORD Architects’ Brønshøj Parish Centre Fosters Community Gathering

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The Brønshøj Parish Centre by NORD Architects provides a space for community congregation informed by the surrounding religious architecture. With warm materials, a multi-functional program, and a form that physically opens up to the city, the Parish Centre presents an inviting social and reverent space for Copenhagen.

Esbjerg Beach Promenade & Sailing Club / Spektrum Arkitekter, Sofie Willems, Nathan Romero, Joan Raun, Stine Christiansen, Kira Snowman

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Architects: Spektrum Arkitekter
Location: 6710 , Denmark
Design Team: Sofie Willems, Nathan Romero, Joan Raun Nielsen, Kira Snowman and Stine Christiansen
Co Architect: Nathan Romero Muelas
Area: 150000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Asger Simonsen

Odense Cathedral High School / Cubo Arkitekter

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Architects: Cubo Arkitekter
Location: ,
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martin Schubert , Egon Jacobsen

Here’s How BIG’s Power Plant Ski Slope Will Blow Smoke Rings

When BIG‘s proposal for Amager Bakke, a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen, was unveiled in 2011, there was a lot for skeptics to pick apart. Is it really possible to run a publicly accessible ski slope on the roof of an industrial building? Would they really be able to make it blow giant smoke (or rather, steam) rings? The whole idea seemed rather too good to be true. The project’s ground breaking in 2013 may have silenced some critics, but the video above should convince the rest of the design’s feasibility.

The video shows a test from August in which a miniaturized version of the smoke ring-blowing chimney finally demonstrates the concept. According to Danish website Ingeniøren, in the months since, the design has undergone further refinement by Peter Madsen, the artist, aerospace engineer and inventor that brought in to develop the chimney, and is ready for another major test tomorrow at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen.

Win a BIG Trip to Copenhagen

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Daydreaming about a trip to Copenhagen? Now is your chance to go. As part of BIG’s HOT TO COLD exhibition on view at the National Building Museum, Visit Denmark is hosting a sweepstakes for two to see the architectural and cultural sights of ’s capital. All you need to do is watch the video above, find out which seaside museum Bjarke Ingels believes to be one of the world’s greatest (hint: take a look after the break), and enter your answer here (click “Win a trip to !”). Only US residents are eligible.

BIG Designs Danish Recycling Center as Neighborhood Asset

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Waste management and recycling centers are typically designed as utilitarian facilities shunned to an industrial part of the city. Yet Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is challenging this notion by designing a Copenhagen recycling station that serves as an “attractive and lively urban space” in the neighborhood it’s part of.

Commissioned by Amagerforbrænding, BIG has designed the Sydhavns Recycling Center as a public space complete with fitness facilities, running tracks and picnic areas. At its core, the recycling center is submerged beneath a lush landscape, offering curious citizens a peak into the “recycling square” while enjoying their daily exercise.

Valencia / Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

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Architects: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
Location: Vesterbrogade 32, 1620 København V,
Area: 2420.0 sqm
Photographs: Torben Eskerod