“Drivhus”—Danish for the word “greenhouse”—was selected as the winner of an international, invited competition in 2014. Located in an area currently zoned for major redevelopment, the project aims to revitalize the surrounding area through civic engagement and access to nature. The building will serve as a workspace for 1,800 people and as a public forum for the public to meet with civil servants and politicians.
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The top-heavy and rounded structure will partially enclose a centrally located park and be wrapped in a double-skin facade made from ETFE, a type of transparent, thermoplastic film, and reinforced by light tubular steel construction. The facade helps seal in heat to create a temperate microclimate for growing plants, while the double skin promotes natural ventilation. The building will also be powered by solar energy and reuse collected rainwater.
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