German Design Award »Gold« to BIO4


Gottlieb Paludan Architects is honoured to receive the »Gold« distinction of the German Design Awards 2023 in the category Excellent Architecture for BIO4, Copenhagen’s new biomass-fuelled CHP plant.

The German Design Awards, established in 2012, are the premium award of the German Design Council. With its worldwide spectrum and international appeal, it is one of the most prestigious awards in the design landscape across all industries. The »Gold« distinction of the German Design Awards is the highest distinction, awarded for excellent, comprehensive and innovative design work. BIO4 is one among 3 »Gold« recipients in this year’s Excellent Architecture category.

Under the project name Plant Power, the design was developed to reflect the transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable sources of energy. Being a major steppingstone in the city of Copenhagen’s plan to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, trees and wood are principal, distinguishing elements of the architectural design, telling the story about the origins of the biomass that fuels the plant. The design was developed for HOFOR in collaboration with Speirs Major, LYTT and MOE.

According to the jury: “Vertically arranged tree trunks create a six-metre-deep curtain enveloping the entire building whose sculptural aesthetics give the impression of a dense forest and thus refer to the use of wood chips as biomass. […] This both amazing and inspiring installation clearly shows that Copenhagen is serious about its climate goals.”

Our project will be presented at the winning exhibition of the German Design Awards 2023, which will take place in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main from 03-19 February 2023.

Moreover, you can vote on our project in the Public choice register here.

Photos: Jens Lindhe and Allan Toft