Bjarke Ingels: The Future Is Green

The well-known Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, has always managed to hit the mark with his creations, showing that he is one of the most talented, but also that the philosophy of the buildings that carry his signature must have as a criterion, the preservation and protection of the environment.

Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels
Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels

Over Zoom, the 46-year-old Danish architect says, “One thing I’ve learned a lot about over the past year is stone flour.” He is speaking from his couch in Copenhagen. Ingels explains: During the last ice age, glaciers ground rocks down into a fine, nutrient-rich substance, which spurred flora and fauna in some regions of the earth, with a sly smile spreading across his tanned, boyish face. Geologists are currently looking at the possibility of using stone flour to repopulate barren places. Thus, he continues, “Say that you reserve four containers, fill them with stone flour, and inject some when you traverse a marine desert in each container ship that goes across the oceans. Plants would absorb carbon from the atmosphere as they grew, lowering the greenhouse effect. “Then you may activate the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon.”

BIG's ski slope on top of a power plant, opened to the public in Copenhagen
BIG’s ski slope on top of a power plant, opened to the public in Copenhagen in October 2019 – Image Source:

Based on this philosophy, many others have followed the Danish architect, transforming industrial centers into completely green areas…! But how does he imagine the future of our cities?

Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels
Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels

The towers’ lower levels have apertures leading to a “green belt” that includes a pedestrian sky bridge with landscaping, a mall, and a retail podium. Moreover, there are communal areas, a bar, and an amphitheater on the ground floor of the office tower.

Towers in Shenzhen - Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels
Towers in Shenzhen – Image Source:

As the office skyscraper rises, photovoltaic cells are incorporated into the sloping west and east facades, while the tower’s most exposed orientation uses a double-skin closed-cavity composition to enhance thermal performance. The residential building, meanwhile, has a tripod footprint made up of three rectangular sections that rise to various heights to form terraces called “sky gardens.”

Singapore’s forest – Image Source:

Have you ever considered that Singapore’s forest might develop inside of a set of concrete financial walls? Will that 30-meter-tall forest warm a 280-meter-tall, icy building? To obtain some fresh air, there is no need to leave the office. The inner oasis will develop into a space for work, the inspiration that is not random, and sporadic thoughts. Trees appear to break through the windows, reminding us that they are alive.

Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels
Future is Green by Bjarke Ingels – Image Source:

New renderings for the Toronto condo complex on King Street West by Bjarke Ingels Group have been released. The development was built as rows of pixels protruded upward to provide room for apartments, shops, and upscale offices. The design was created to minimize the impact on the site’s existing historic structures. The remarkable new development’s inside and exterior were depicted in the most recent renderings.

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