Star Attraction

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 1, Pg. 48-55

Document Type: Feature article


A new, 45,000 m² building for the United Nations in K\a/benhavn (Copenhagen), Denmark, features a highly sustainable and symbolic design that forms an eight-pointed star in plan and incorporates such environmentally responsible technologies as operable solar shading, rainwater harvesting, the use of seawater for cooling, and more than 14,000 solar panels on the roof.

Subject Headings: Sustainable development | Solar power | Building design | Panels (structural) | Sea water | Roofs | Rain water | Environmental issues | Denmark | Europe | Copenhagen

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