BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant Breaks Ground, Breaks Schemas

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There are many things that set BIG’s latest project, , apart. The plant, which broke ground yesterday, will be the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. It will be the tallest and biggest building in Copenhagen. It will house Denmark’s first ski-slope (on the roof of the plant, no less). It will emit its CO2 emissions – not as a continuous stream of smoke, oh no – but in sudden, bursting smoke rings. 

However, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy Plant is far more than the sum of its rather remarkable features. As an urban “destination in itself” and a landmark in environmental design, it’s one of the most radical representations of architecture as a means of public engagement of our time. And, what’s more, it’s a signal that BIG has finally reached maturity, truly coming into its own as a firm.

Read more about BIG’s remarkable Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant, after the break….

New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: ,
Area: 13,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema

‘GROW YOUR CITY’ Suburb of the Future Winning Proposal / Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter

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Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter shared with us their winning proposal, titled ‘GROW YOUR CITY’, in the Suburb of the Future competition. The idea is not to reinvent the suburbs from scratch, but they believe that if one is able to identify their existing strengths and exceptional features, the areas sometimes referred to as “the fringes” may have the potential to become “the cutting edge”. Their design describes a modern area of suburban cultivation – “the Growth Zone” (Vækstzonen) – as a new residential quarter in the town of Nykøbing Falster. Its underlying notion is based on the broad links sweeping from countryside to seaside and on into the close-grained structure of the Danish fields and farmlands. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sluseholmen / Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters

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Architects: Arkitema Architects + Sjoerd Soeters
Location: Sluseholmen, , Denmark
Area: 135,000 sqm
Year: 2008
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Ejby Campus Winning Proposal / OKRA, CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation

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OKRA, in collaboration with CCO, ACT, and Smith Innovation, recently won the competition for their Ejby Campus Business area proposal located in the Glostrup Commune near . Their sustainable and innovative development strategy focuses on the creation of a diverse program and the use of public space. With the opportunity to rethink the business areas of suburbia, the business area currently plays an important role in providing economically attractive workplaces in an accessible, open and green setting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nørre Vosborg / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: Vembvej, ,
Client: Realea
Engineer: OBH-Gruppen
Area: 1,444 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema

Fire Shelter: 01 / SHJ Works

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Designed by SHJ (Simon Hjermind Jensen) Works, Fire Shelter: 01 is a personal project located in at Sydhavnstippen in Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from architecture of ethnic and nomadic people, the starting point for the design emerged from a fascination of the place. It´s a temporary project and a design experiment that aims to celebrate the place. The project has public access, and it establishes experiences of spatial and social character. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Nørrebrohallen / AG5

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Architects: AG5
Location: Copenhagen,
Engineer: Buro Happold
Branding: Punktum Design
Consultant: Antropologerne.com
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of AG5

University of Southern Denmark Student Housing Winning Proposal / C.F. Møller Architects

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Inspired by the school’s strong community spirit, C.F. Møller Architects’ first prize winning design for University of Southern ’s student housing project includes 250 student residences that are located in three interconnected 14-storey buildings. This means that the residence has no front or back, but appears attractive from a 360-degree perspective. The building’s distinctive shape will make it easily recognizable on the campus, and clearly advertises its distinct residential content. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Honored by AIA

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At almost a mile long Superkilen wedges through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark creating a truly unique urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. The park is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park and is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a collection of global everyday objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants. Initiated by the City of Copenhagen and Realdania Foundation, the project started construction in 2009 and opened to the public in June 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

‘In Dialogue With the World – Give More’ Exhibition

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Opening tomorrow, January 17, at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in , Denmark, the ‘In Dialogue with the World’ exhibition, which runs until March 10, will show how architects today engage far beyond aesthetics when designing buildings. schmidt hammer lassen architects, along with Henning Larsen Architects, and ADEPT will invite visitors to listen to their accounts of what it is like to work in the field of architecture in the 21st century. With the title Give more, the schmidt hammer lassen architects’ part of the exhibition uses eight selected projects as examples of how buildings, aside from being beautiful, give more. More information after the break.

Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association Headquarters & Activity Center Proposal / CEBRA

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CEBRA has gained the support of The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (LOA) for the realization of a new home for ’s Sport Fishing Association in Vingsted, . The 5,489 sq.ft. project will accommodate the association’s administration as well as an activity center for sports fishermen and other visitors to the beautiful surroundings in the Vejle brook valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Vejlskovgaard Stable / LUMO Architects

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Architects: LUMO Architects
Location: Favrgaardsvej, , Denmark
Client: Hans Jakob Fenger and Realdania
Collaborators: Schul Landscape, LRO, Ramboll, Niras
Area: 8,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of LUMO Architects

Grundfos Kollegiet Dormitory / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: , Denmark
Collaboration: Sjælsø, Niras
Client: Engineering College of Aarhus
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of CEBRA

In Progress: Novo Nordisk Corporate Centre / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: , Denmark
Lanscape Architect: SLA
Engineer: Alectia
Area: 50,200 sqm
Year: 2013
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The New Urban School, Mixed Use Sports Complex Proposal / EFFEKT + Rubow

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Designed by EFFEKT + Rubow, the Mixed Use Sports Complex, in connection with the urban school, combines the planning of the new school district with the transformation of existing historical buildings and new plazas into one united and modern project. Located in , , the idea is to create an open, integrated and modern educational environment that’s both educationally visionary and creates a new and attractive urban district for the city and its inhabitants. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VIDEO: Skidome Denmark – The World’s Biggest Skidome

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As we shared with you earlier last month, Danish architectural firm, CEBRA, in partnership with Ski Travel Agency Danski, is working on a new project of epic proportions: the world’s largest Skidome. Skidome Denmark will be shaped rather like a snow-flake, with three 700m, criss-crossing arches (the tallest one reaching 110 m high). While a structure that size is hard to wrap one’s head around, this cool new video gives a great idea of the Skidome’s awesome scale.

More info and images of the World’s Largest Skidome, after the break…

IBC Innovation Factory / SHL Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: Kolding, Denmark
Client: IBC International Business College, Kolding
Area: 12,800 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Adam Mørk