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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Den­mark “Architecture is por­trai­ture,” im­parts Bjarke Ingels on de­sign­ing. Re­ject­ing the stereo­typ­i­cal idea of per­fec­tion, he ex­plains that beauty lies within the artist’s abil­ity to cap­ture the essence of the sub­ject. “What we are look­ing for is the po­ten­tial of a cer­tain sit­u­a­tion. The per­for­mance of a build­ing will cre­ate a dis­tinct aes­thetic.”

BIG’s lat­est work-in-progress, Copen­hagen’s Amager Re­source Cen­ter, will be the clean­est waste-toen­ergy plant in the world. Once com­pleted, the roof will func­tion as a ski slope, a green for­est moun­tain, hik­ing trail, and climb­ing wall. It har­vests rain­wa­ter and day­light to form an ur­ban me­tab­o­lism within the city, be­fore con­vert­ing the waste into a rich en­ergy re­serve. “It’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of what we call he­do­nis­tic sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Thou­sands of translu­cent fi­bre­glass blocks stacked atop one an­other pro­duce a curved sil­hou­ette

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