Also, by doing this, the project gives a more understanding and likable view of the sustainability issue that is confronted with. To complete this view, lasers are positioned on smoke rings released through the smokestacks every time one tone of fossil CO2 is released, transforming them into light artworks.
The Copenhagen/New York Based architecture firm was founded in 2006 by Bjarke Ingels, a 37 year old Danish architect who used to work for Rem Koolhaas. Since it’s inauguration itg has won many international competitions and was commissioned for designing buildings such as the Danish Maritime Museum in Elsinore and The People’s Building in Shanghai.
Bjarke Ingels: “Historically the field of architecture has been dominated by two opposing extremes. On one side an avant-garde full of crazy ideas. Originating from philosophy, mysticism or a fascination of the formal potential of computer visualizations they are often so detached from reality that they fail to become something other than eccentric curiosities. On the other side there are well organized corporate consultants that build predictable and boring boxes of high standard. Architecture seems to be entrenched in two equally unfertile fronts: either naively utopian or petrifyingly pragmatic. We believe that there is a third way wedged in the nomansland between the diametrical opposites. Or in the small but very fertile overlap between the two. A pragmatic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective.”
Written by Eusebiu Golumbeanu