- Sustainable Architecture
- Good Buildings on a Small Planet, Danish architecture
We continue with our series on architecture books in view of the upcoming festivities. The book “Good Buildings on a Small Planet” published by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing, addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time - what is sustainable architecture?
The key question of the study is not simply creating buildings that consume less but creating buildings that give back more - more beauty, more meaning, more community. Because it's not just a material question, the human aspect of architecture that respects both the local setting and the world as a whole is playing an increasingly important part in contemporary design.
Themes that are dear to the hearts of these Danish architects who stand out for their humanist approach to sustainable architecture.
The book, “Good Buildings on a Small Planet” edited by Rasmus Rune Nielsen presents the projects of eight Danish creators whose ideas have gone out into the world. You can read about the row houses by the Lendager Group in Copenhagen, built using upcycled concrete from abandoned houses, the Quay Quarter Tower by GXN in Sydney, Australia, whose structure has been designed to minimise resource use for future refurbishment. Another towering example is the HSB high-rise by C.F. Møller Architects in Stockholm, Sweden. This is made from solid wood and new concrete-cross-laminated timber (CLT) hybrids.
The book focuses on the new Siemens headquarters in Munich for Henning Larsen Architects and EFFEKT proposes self-sustaining, eco-neighbourhoods in Denmark. Then, SLA uses fungi and planted facades to cleanse the air and form a green link between the Paris city centre and the suburbs, while the Tredje Natur (Third Nature) architects address the problem of traffic with a pop-up parking concept.
An inspiring showcase of good design practices for our planet that is starting to run out of its limited resources and space.
Good Buildings on a Small Planet” edited by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Editors: Rasmus Rune Nielsen
Design: Britt Gundersen, Signe Bjerregaard
No. of pages: 240
Format: 200 x 255 mm
Publication Date: November 2017
ISBN: 978-91-87543-89-0 (eng)
The architects portrayed are Lendager Group, GXN, C. F. Møller Architects, Vandkunsten, EFFEKT, Henning Larsen Architects, SLA and Tredje Natur (Third Nature).