Danish architect reveals World Trade Center plans

In a newly-released video, Bjarke Ingels has unveiled his plans for Two World Trade Center, the latest in a string of high-profile design jobs for the 40-year-old Dane.

Danish architect reveals World Trade Center plans
BIG's Two World Trade Center (centre). Photo: BIG/DBOX
Star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his BIG group have revealed their plans to revamp the Manhattan skyline with the final tower at the World Trade Center site.
In a video released by BIG on Wednesday, Ingels shows off his design for Two World Trade Center, a glass tower made up of seven stacked cubes with green roofs. 
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2 World Trade Center in New York City, a BIG design, Squint/Opera production from BIG on Vimeo.

“The completion of the World Trade Center will restore the majestic skyline of Manhattan and unite the streetscapes of TriBeCa with the towers Downtown. To complete this urban reunification we propose a tower that will feel equally at home in TriBeCa and the World Trade Center,” Ingels says in the video. 
“From the World Trade Center, the individual towers will appear unified, completing the colonnade of towers framing the 9/11 Memorial. Horizontal meets vertical. Diversity becomes unity,” he adds. 
Bjarke Ingels. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
Bjarke Ingels. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
The New York project is just one of a recent string of high-profile projects landed by the 40-year-old Copenhagen native. Ingels is co-designing a new headquarters for Google in California, will carry out a “radical reinterpretation” of the Smithsonian Institute grounds in Washington DC, will renovate Aarhus’s waterfront and will turn a Copenhagen waste-to-energy plant into a year-round ski slope
Click through on the photo below for a gallery of the Two World Trade Center plans.
Two World Trade Center. Illustration: BIG/DBOX

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Danish architect designs flagship Norwegian whale centre

Danish designer Dorte Mandrup will be the architect behind a visitors’ centre for whale spotters northern Norway.

Danish architect designs flagship Norwegian whale centre
An Orca photographed within the Norwegian Arctic Circle. File photo: Olivier MORIN / AFP

The centre, named The Whale, will be located at Andenes, 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Norwegian business media E24 and Danish newspaper Berlingske reported.

Initially launched in May 2018 at an estimated cost of around 200 million Norwegian kroner, the project is priced at up to 350 million Norwegian kroner, according to E24 and Berlingske. It is expected to be completed in 2022.

The whale centre has already attracted attention from travel publisher Lonely Planet.

According to the website of Mandrup’s archictectural firm, the building “rises as a soft hill on the rocky shore – as if a giant had lifted a thin layer of the crust of the earth and created a cavity underneath”.

Up to 70,000 people annually have been projected to visit the remote wildlife centre, which will be a combination of museum and tourist attraction.

Because of its geographical position, scenery and wildlife at Andenes makes the area a unique attraction.

That includes a midnight sun for two months from May to July, as well as the winter polar nights, when the sun doesn’t rise at all.

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