Charging an electric vehicle (EV) takes a while longer than filling up a car with fossil fuel. The Copenhagen-based community of architects
COBE has designed an ultra-fast charging station where drivers and passengers can recharge their own batteries at the same time. The one in
Fredericia is the first of a network of 48 charging stations that will be built along Scandinavian highways.
A series of 12 structural 'trees' forms a 'grove' with a canopy that filters light and offers shade and protection from the elements, providing a
green and pleasant ambience. It's a far cry from the cramped lines of cars and the stink of petrol and exhaust fumes at traditional filling stations. The goal is that these green oases will not
only promote the transition from fossil fuels to greener cars, but that they will also make the roads safer.
Milan, Italy has a new park. The Biblioteca degli Alberi (The Tree
Library) is a welcome green space in the densely built up heart of the city. The landscape designers at the Amsterdam office Inside
Outside – supported by big shots landscape architect Piet Oudolf and graphic designer Irma Boom – devised a graphic line play that connects key locations and routes in the surrounding
area. A variety of park and garden typologies have been created within the mosaic: a flower meadow, lawn, shrubbery, pond and a paved square.
Tree circles have also been planted throughout the park. Dubbed 'vegetative pavilions' by the designers, they can be used for all sorts of
activities. The species names of the trees and botanical information have been etched into the paths next to each tree circle. Passing traffic has not been forgotten either. The graphic quality
of the park makes for spectacular viewing from cars and the surrounding residential and office blocks.
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