BIG opens Copenhill power plant topped with rooftop ski slope in Copenhagen

BIG has completed the “cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world” in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is topped by an artificial ski slope that is open all year round. CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a power plant located on an industrial waterfront that is capable of converting 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy […]

Concrete arches cocoon egg-shaped kiln in Chinese porcelain factory

AZL Architects has completed the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, building a series of concrete arches over a traditional brick kiln. AZL Architects designed the whole porcelain factory to echo the shapes of the monumental, egg-shaped kiln. Concrete arches curve over the body of the kiln, with windows and vertical joints orientated […]

Colourful metal screens and plants cover factory and offices in Hanoi

Perforated metal screens and plants cover the facade of a factory and office complex in Hanoi, Vietnam, designed by Studio VDGA for electronics manufacturer Star Engineers. Studio VDGA designed Star Engineers‘ factory and administrative buildings, which is longlisted for a Dezeen Award, as a facility that would be pleasant to work at in hot weather. […]

Henning Larsen tops Danish sewage works with park

A green roof with meandering pathways disguises this weathering steel water treatment facility, which Henning Larsen has completed on the island of Zealand, Denmark. Named the Solrødgård Water Treatment Plant, the building contains a recycling centre and wastewater treatment plant for the city of Hillerød, and is topped by a public urban park. Henning Larsen designed the rooftop […]

Graux & Baeyens builds studio for Belgian artist Stief Desmet

Belgian studio Graux & Baeyens Architecten has used “sober but brutal” materials to create a new atelier for painter and sculpture Stief Desmet. Desmet already had one studio on his rural property in East Flanders, but it was too small to accommodate larger sculptures. Graux & Baeyens designed his new space, Studio SDS, in the […]

Christensen & Co designs Corten cube for Danish utility company

Danish practice Christensen & Co have designed a Corten steel-clad cube in Denmark to house the offices of sustainable energy suppliers Helsingør Utility that blends in with the industrial structures that surround it. Aptly named The Cube, the project was based on a concept of “interdisciplinary collaboration”, providing not only office space but a customer […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

Clayton & Little builds weathering steel barn at California winery

Texas architecture studio Clayton & Little has built a barn from reclaimed oil field pipes and weathering steel panels, topped with solar panels to provide power to a vineyard in Calfornia. The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is on the James Berry Vineyard – part of the Saxum Vineyard group – in Paso Robles, a town in central California known for […]

Bosske Architecture designs red “super shed” for Australian dairy farm

Bosske Architecture has completed a dairy farm in Northcliffe, Australia, featuring a curving red structure that merges the shapes of several typical agricultural building forms. The studio headed by architect Caroline Hickey designed the 9,000-square-metre industrial complex to accommodate a state-of-the-art farming and processing facility that invites visitors to observe all aspects of milk production. […]

Floating Farm in Rotterdam is now home to 32 cows

A floating dairy farm has opened in Rotterdam, showing how food production can become less vulnerable to climate change. Floating Farm was designed by Peter van Wingerden and Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specialises in waterborne architecture. It is now home to 32 cows, producing dairy products that will soon be on […]

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