BIG shows us that infrastructure can be beautiful

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ski slope on power plant
credit: BIG

But then we're not in Kansas anymore; we are in Copenhagen, where they take public space and public investment very seriously. And everything Bjarke and BIG does has a twist, something to grab the audience. This building happens to have the only ski hill in Denmark and a whole lot more. Instead of being basic and ugly, it is 4 billion kroner (about a billion bucks) of beautiful building. Instead of being secured with fences, it is a true public facility with Europe's highest climbing wall, a rooftop bar and, of course, a ski slope.

I was there with other writers and journalists, as guests of Wonderful Copenhagen, which certainly knows how to put on a tour, prior to the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards.

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