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Sauna by GoBoat on the Copenhagen harbor

New climate-conscious architecture projects open in Denmark

19.11.2021
Photo: Christoffer Strange Hansen

Denmark has a long-standing tradition for creating buildings and urban infrastructure that aren't just easy on the eye, but also add value with their green credentials. Whether it is by minimizing the CO2 emissions, using minimal impact materials or serving to aid with climate adaptation.

New carbon-neutral wing at Green Solution House has opened

On the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, Green Solution House has opened the doors to their new climate-positive wing. With its 24 rooms, this is the first climate positive commercial building in Denmark.

Besides the rooms, the new wing also includes a conference room and a rooftop spa – all built using wooden materials that are not only climate neutral but will actually provide a positive climate footprint, since wood naturally absorbs CO2. 

The wing is developed in accordance with the principle of Cradle 2 Cradle®, which means that all materials used are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Upcycled waste materials are used for furniture and decorations, while solar panels will provide the hotel with hot water starting spring 2022.

The new wing is designed by 3XN and their green think thank GXN and the uniqueness of the project is further emphasized by the fact that it has been made part of the curriculum for Danish engineering students at Denmark’s Technical University.

Green Solution House in Bornholm's new climate-positive hotel wing

Photo:Green Solution House

The world’s longest skate track helps with climate adaption 

A new neighborhood in Høje Taastrup, west of the Danish capital Copenhagen, just inaugurated a new park area. The concept was to create the world’s longest playground with various activities, a skate track being the main attraction.

The renowned Danish, Olympian skater Rune Glifberg designed the track, which spans 1 kilometer (0.62 miles), making it the world’s longest skate track. It was created in collaboration between COBE Architects and Glifberg’s own company Glifberg+Lykke, which designs skate parks all around the world.

Besides its leisure and athletic uses, the track serves as an aid to the area in cases of heavy rainfall. Large ditches and reservoirs run throughout the park for this purpose, as well as being an integral part of the skate park. This is an example of how climate adaptability is incorporated into urban planning in Denmark in a way that adds value to the people living there.

HTC Skate Ramp designed by Rune Glifberg in Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen

Photo:Glifberg - Lykke

Copenhagen’s new sauna on water

Step into a calm space in the buzzing big city with the new winter wellness experience Sauna by GoBoat. A reimagining of the Scandinavian sauna tradition which combines the joys of the sauna’s heat with a fresh dip. The floating sauna is located in Copenhagen’s harbor with dipping zones located next to it, for those brave enough to take a swim during the cold months.

From the large panoramic windows you can enjoy the charming canal of Slotsholmen, Christiansborg Palace, and the rest of the city center.

 

Sauna by GoBoat on the Copenhagen harbor
Photo: Torben Eskerod
Sauna by GoBoat on Copenhagen's harbor
Photo: Torben Eskerod

In order to preserve the nature and the aquatic environment, the sauna is the worlds first catamaran hull structured boat build in organic bio composite from 30% flax linen and 70% basalt, innovative materials that have a minimal impact on the environment.

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