Uppsala Power Plant by Bjarke Ingels Group

Uppsala Power Plant

Uppsala Power Plant
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The city of Uppsala invited BIG to design a biomass cogeneration plant to supplement Uppsala’s existing energy infrastructure during the peak loads in the dark and cold fall, winter, and spring.

Uppsala Power Plant
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With its beautiful old town, home to the oldest university in Scandinavia and the impressive Uppsala cathedral, it required careful consideration to integrate a vast structure into the historical skyline.

Uppsala Power Plant
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With only seasonal use the new power plant would be vacant in the summer months during peak season of tourism and festivals.

Uppsala Power Plant
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BIG decided to radically transform the public perception of a power plant visually and functionally.

Uppsala Power Plant
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BIG’s design proposal fuses two conventional industrial archetypes into an unconventional hybrid: the plant and the greenhouse.

Uppsala Power Plant
Program – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

Both have been developed to provide a rational and efficient form of enclosure to massive industrial facilities: for manufacturing and agriculture respectively.

Uppsala Power Plant
Compacted Layout – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

By harnessing the economies of scale associated with greenhouse structures it is possible to provide a 100% transparent enclosure to provide the future massive silhouette on Uppsala’s skyline with an unprecedented lightness while allowing the citizens to enjoy educational glimpses of what happens within.

Uppsala Power Plant
Public Access in Summer – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

Rather than the conventional, alienating hermetic envelope of traditional power plants the crystalline volume serves as an invitation for exploration and education. The next generation of creative energy. Source by Bjarke Ingels Group.

Uppsala Power Plant
Visitors in Winter – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group
Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project Leader/Architect: Marie Lançon
Project Manager: Jakob Sand
Project Team: Aaron Hales, Danai Charasti, Julia Boromissza, Michael Andersen, Teodor Javanaud Emden, Timothy Burwell
Collaborators: Sla, Ramboll, Dk+Se, Akt Ii, Luchinger Meyer Bauingenieure Ag, Spacecape
Area: 7250 m2
Year: 2014
Client: VATTENFALL
Images: Bjarke Ingels Group

Uppsala Power Plant
Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Model – Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Model – Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group
Uppsala Power Plant
Model – Concept – Image © Bjarke Ingels Group

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