BIO4 wins LEAF Award

October 18 2016 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Congratulations to Gottlieb Paludan Architects, who have won the Future Building - Drawing Board of the Year LEAF Award for BIO4 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

BIO4 is Copenhagen’s new biomass-fuelled CHP unit at the Amager Power Station and is an important part of Copenhagen’s ambition to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025.

The competition winning team led by Gottlieb Paludan Architects also includes landscape architects Møller & Grønborg and us as the lighting designers.

The vision for the BIO4 unit is to become a beacon for sustainable heat production and an excursion spot for tourists and Copenhageners alike, with the recurrent theme in the winning proposal being the forest as a place and a source of CO2-neutral biofuel. This theme was developed in the façade by hanging tree trunks to create surprising aesthetic and spatial experiences both from afar and close up. Visitors are invited to move through this forest of tree trunks via a spectacular staircase, from which a glimpse may be caught of the sustainable energy production. The stairs lead to a viewing platform rich in plants, which will also work as an information platform, where visitors have the opportunity to learn more about energy consumption and production as well as sustainability