2009/12/29 § Leave a comment
GAME CHANGER. Ingenious London-based design team Heatherwick Studios have assembled a scheme for a new type of power plant on the banks of the river Tees in the UK. The station has offices and public uses in addition to power generation, covered in grass panels on a former brownfield, feeling like a future building out of Lebbeus Woods’ Terra Nova Project. I find it refreshing to see a top-notch, creative designer given the reigns of an infrastructure project, and hope to see more in the near future.
“BEI-Teesside will be powered by palm kernel shells – the leftovers, or by-products, of the palm oil plantations. The benefits of this are that no land will be diverted from food production or from forestry for the fuel. It will also provide the palm growers with additional revenue and clears away a waste product that they cannot use themselves.”