SHORTLISTED – TOP 25
Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)
Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, Denmark
THE COMPETITION. The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) brings together artists, scientists, engineers, and designers from around the world to show that “renewable energy can be beautiful”. The competition challenges participants to design public land-art installations which merge aesthetics with utility-scale renewable energy generation. The 2014 competition site was Refshaleøen, a former industrial shipyard adjacent to downtown Copenhagen.
AWARDS. SAIL was selected to the LAGI competition shortlist as one of the top 25 out of more than 300 international submissions. The project is published in the book New Energies, and was featured in an exhibition at the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.
THE DESIGN. Refshaleøen was the home of the Burmeister & Wain shipyard for over 100 years. The shipyard was closed in 1996, leaving the man-made island abandoned. This design imagines the transformation of Refshaleøen from an industrial site to a public gathering space through the use of public art and renewable energy generation. The design plays off the idea of a sail; it’s form as an allusion to the shipbuilding history of Refshaleøen, and more broadly as a representation of Denmark’s ambitious voyage toward a renewable energy future.
SAIL is unique in part due to its approach to combining public art and power generation. The installation is constructed of aluminum frames that house a total of 139,500 Windbelts. This micro-generation technology uses a thin tensioned membrane to catch the wind and convert it into energy. Each individual Windbelt only generates a small amount of energy by itself, but the entire structure generates approximately 603 megawatt-hours annually, enough to power more than 135 Danish homes.