Where hilltop sports meet clean energy
Traditionally, people in Denmark leave their country to go skiing. But now the CopenHill waste incinerator provides them with a ski slope all year round. Seriously! It is all thanks to a truly spectacular architectural project.
There is always a buzz of interest when leading design city Shenzhen announces a new project: over 70 architectural firms from all over the world submitted designs for the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum in China. In the end, the 3XN team was awarded the contract for their truly spectacular design.
The newly built art depot of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam can be considered a work of art in its own right. The architects at MVRDV have designed a massive, mirrored “bowl” with trees growing out of its “lid”. This new building can be admired already – even before the art objects have been installed.
The invisible mirror house
Amidst the rocks of the Californian desert, a piece of sky suddenly catches the eye. Surely an illusion? But no, there is simple explanation: an “invisible” mirror house has been built for film producer Chris Hanley in Joshua Tree. It is a house that serves as a stage for an Oscar-winning performance by the surrounding nature.
Designer Antony Gibbon has a taste for the unconventional. After creating cliff houses and capsule dwellings in trees, he has now come up with a vision for a “wave house”: the “Twine” made of hempcrete is designed as an artistic frame to accentuate the masterpiece of mother nature.
Europe’s largest green facade is shooting skyward in downtown Düsseldorf. No fewer than 30,000 young hornbeams are currently flourishing on the roof and sloping walls of the “Kö-Bogen 2” complex. The major project is setting new standards in climate protection and urban planning.