Friday, July 29, 2011

Bjarke Ingels

Yesterday I went for a nice bike ride with my friend Paris whilst Hanne was at Spanish Conversation and Ellen was home clipping her poodle Elise. Today though we want to share with you a remarkable life of achievement in the form of the 35 year-old Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. My friend Tim in Leicester brought him to our attention. Like nearly all modern architects he designs sustainable low carbon "green" buildings. His latest contract is for Copenhagen's new incinerator for converting garbage into energy. It also doubles as a ski-hill would you believe. We are not quite sure where the snow will come from yet, but you may be able to discover that! You can find out more here.
Ski slope or Incinerator?
There is a good 18-minute video of his achievements too. But you need 18 minutes....
But we both found his lecture absolutely fascinating!
A smoke ring is emitted for every tonne of carbon dioxide produced !! (see picture above).
It is due for completion in 2016.


Friko said...

Now there's dual purpose with a vengeance. Why can't all architects work like hat?

Perhaps the heat from the incinerator could be used to manufacture snow.
Don't ask me how, but it surely is not beyond the capabilities of man (or woman).

You should bring your picnickers round to my castle, easy access and no carpark visible.

jennyfreckles said...

What an exciting project - wish more people (and governments) would think big like this.

Desiree said...

This is a remarkable achievement and hopefully he will have set the gold standard for more far thinking architects to come up with equally useful ideas. If only governments worldwide would embrace this technology instead of squandering tax payers money in far less desirable ways. Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention, Michael!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Michael and Hanne

What an amazing idea. His concept of hedonistic sustainability sounds like something we would all like to support. I wish he would cast his mind over the incinerator in my town: I envisage hanging peach gardens.