This week on Dezeen, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels co-founded a residential design company that aims to create a range of modular homes.


Named Nabr, the company intends to create a large variety of  houses using modular elements.

“Our homes have only gotten more and more expensive, and arguably at a lower and lower quality,” explained Ingels.

“There’s very little choice. Ninety-nine per cent of all homes are the same, but all people are actually different. There’s a huge potential to reimagine this entire process, from end to end.”

BIG power plant
Amager Bakke operator has “no plans to close down” ski slope on roof of BIG power plant

Bjarke Ingels’ studio BIG was also in the news this week after reports in the Danish press suggested that its Copenhill ski slope may need to close.

However, although the artificial skiing surface is deteriorating faster than expected, the slope’s operator dismissed claims that it is under threat of closure.

Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum by Atelier Deshaus
Concrete construction “offsets around one half” of emissions caused by cement industry says IPCC

We reported that according to the latest IPCC climate report, half of the carbon emissions from cement production are later reabsorbed by the material when it is used to construct buildings.

The role of cement as a carbon sink has been missed, according to Jenny Burridge, principal structural engineer at The Concrete Centre in London.

Giant floating wind farm
Wind Catching Systems designs giant floating wind farm with 117 turbines

In a bid to make wind farms more energy-efficient, Wind Catching Systems revealed its design for a floating, offshore wind power generator that would contain more than a hundred rotors stacked vertically.

According to the company, the Windcatcher could produce renewable energy for 80,000 homes.

Architectural viewpoints roundup
Ten impressive architectural viewpoints designed to stand out

Following the BIG’s helical Marsk Tower opening and the controversial Marble Arch Mound we took a look at 10 impressive lookouts from Dezeen’s archive.

These include a gravity-defying staircase and a frame-shaped viewpoint in Dubai.

1970s-style makeover of London townhouse
Studio Hagen Hall completes 1970s-style makeover of London townhouse

Popular projects this week included a family home in Bangkok, a retreat in the Catskill Mountains with 24 elevated cabins and a 1970s-style makeover of London townhouse.

Our lookbooks this week focused on living rooms that use concrete and minimalist bedrooms.

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