As all eyes begin to turn (if they weren’t turned already) towards the beautiful city of Copenhagen for the commencement of next week’s UN Climate Change Conference, I thought I’d share with you a bit of green architectural eye candy from Denmark. But before you read on and check out the below renderings, be sure to vote and help make MNN student correspondent Divina Baratta a Hopenhagen Ambassador. Check back here for continued updates from Copenhagen, including dispatches from my co-blogger Karl Burkart. And if you yourself are heading to the city, a personal recommendation: visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located a 40-minute train trip north of the city.

Okay, back to the regularly scheduled eco-architectural ogling. It was recently announced that Team +, a collective of several Danish architectural firms, has won a green residential design competition in Denmark called Housing +. The mission of the competition was to design a zero-energy residential structure that is both high quality and super sustainable. Team +’s sun-drenched, solar-powered design, Bolig +, will begin construction next year in the city of Aalborg.

The jury of the Housing+ competition explains what gave Bolag+ the winning edge: 

Good daylight, flexible dwellings in a compact, well insulated and tight building, designed to gain maximum benefit from the sun without overheating. A building complex fitted with the best technical solutions linking user behaviour, passive solar gain and the local fossil energy supply.
Looks and sounds like a real green beauty. For more info on Bolig+, head on over to World Architecture News

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Sun-soaked Scandinavian shelter
Before the climate talks in Copenhagen kick off, check out this gorgeous Danish apartment building design that makes use of solar power and passive daylighting.