Images of BIG's Uppsala power plant from their website.
The end of the proverbial rainbow has been reached by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have reached—at least in terms of infrastructure and found, sustainable energy. The firm recently announced its plans for a beautiful, multicolored biomass cogeneration plant in Uppsala, Sweden. The plant is designed to supplement existing energy systems while also complementing the majestic skyline of Scandinavia’s oldest university town.
BIG’s design marries concepts of the plant and the plant nursery into what the firm calls “an unconventional hybrid”: a towering, fully transparent enclosure which mimics the elegant structure of a greenhouse while functioning as a power station. The geometric dome, which accommodates the entirety its machinery, is comprised of a lattice of glass and photovoltaic panels. The panels themselves change color as they react to different levels of sunlight, resulting in a structure wherein “thermal exposure becomes architectural expression.”
The plant will only be active during the summer, and during the peak of the Swedish winter, and will also act as both a venue for festivals, and a public forum. “Rather than the conventional, alienating hermetic envelope of traditional power plants, the crystalline volume serves as an invitation for exploration and education,” explains BIG. “The next generation of creative energy.”