First Bricks Laid in Bjarke Ingels Lego House, Billund, Denmark
Three generations of the LEGO family, Lego Group CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Billund City Mayor Ib Kristensen and architect Bjarke Ingels this week kicked off the construction for the 12,000 sqm, 23m tall Lego House in Billund, Denmark.
While the interior experiences of the LEGO House are still under development, the building is in itself a tribute to the LEGO brick, as the architectural shapes are based on the LEGO brick.
The BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group behind the project describes it as a “hands-on minds-on experience centre where LEGO fans of all ages can come and experiment with LEGO bricks, share stories with LEGO bricks, express their imagination and creativity through LEGO bricks, and not least be challenged as LEGO builders by meeting other builders from all over the world.”
When construction of the LEGO House is completed in 2016, a gigantic LEGO brick will sit on top of the structure, the interior of which will feature large ‘experience areas’, a café, and unique LEGO store. Outside will be a 2,000 sqm public square as well as several open roof terraces.
It is expected that approximately 250,000 people will visit the LEGO House annually once it opens in 2016.
Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG Group, said: "For me the LEGO brick embodies the notion of systematic creativity – that the rigour and rationality of the LEGO brick allows children of all ages infinite possibilities to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play. We have been inspired by the modularity of the LEGO brick to create the LEGO House. It will appear like a cloud of interlocking LEGO bricks that form spaces for exploration and exhibition for its visitors within. On the outside the pile of bricks form the roof of a new covered square as well as a mountain of interconnected terraces and playgrounds."
The LEGO house is part of the Group’s contributions to its home-town Billund as the ‘Capital of Children’. The own launched an architectural contest in 2009 to steer the future development and planning of the area, of which the Capital of Children proposal was the winner.
Capital of Children operates a number of projects in Billund, in collaboration with other companies and organisations that wish to contribute to the vision of making Billund a global meeting place for children, to encourage play, learning and creativity.
Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.