As part of the 2010 Venice Biennale, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) exhibited its ambitious project called “Loop City”, a new Metro system that they hope will transform the cross border area between Sweden and Denmark into a model region by developing infrastructure for public transport, electric cars and energy exchange around all its stations.
AUG 27, 2010 - BIG EXHIBITS 'FROM FINGER PLAN TO LOOP CITY' IN THE DANISH PAVILION AT THE 12th VENICE BIENNALE
Opening August 27th at 4:00 PM at the Danish Pavilion. The exhibition illustrates a new Metro loop to become the development model for the cross border region, connecting the area around the Øresund Strait in a sustainable spine of public transport, energy exchange and electric car infrastructure. The Metro will be combined with the development of new programs around the stations, creating a vein of true urbanity running through the suburbs.
Currently, the industrial areas in the Copenhagen suburbs are next in line for urban development and this new light rail will connect the 20 development zones with a total area of 11 Km2. The project will serve as the new sustainable model for the area as it will implement strategies for energy exchange, waste management, water treatment and electric car stations. ”At certain points the rail becomes a building itself almost like a Roman aqueduct passing through the suburbs, at other points it forms small pockets of urbanity around the stations,” explained BIG.
The proposed new light rail will create a new 50 year development perspective for a cross border region between Sweden and Denmark. Where the Finger Plan from 1947 was about connectivity from suburb to center the Loop City is linking a string of highly differentiated urban nodes, universities and working spaces in a center-less metropolitan region around a blue void. This ring, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay area, has enough development areas to contain the growth of the region the next 50 years, and could become a model for a both sustainable, dense and super recreational development of the region.
presented at the official danish pavilion, the film was projected on a two-wall corner of the room, utilizing the three-dimensional space to fully present the scheme; a white, bridge-like structure on the floor acted as a volumetric surface to project on, resulting in a series of diagrams that seemed to be constructed and solid for the audience.