Henning Larsen and BIG left with bloody noses by small Danish architect

BIG and Henning Larsen have been beaten by a small Danish architect to the job of designing a village in Copenhagen which has been dubbed the “world’s most sustainable building project”.

Lendager Group will design the UN17 Village, a 400-home development which aims to put all 17 United Nation sustainable development goals into action.

The scheme will feature recycled materials such as concrete and wood, as well as roof gardens with solar panels.

Anders Lendager, chief executive of the practice, said the village would not only have low levels of carbon emission, but would also encourage a sustainable lifestyle among residents.

BIG co-designed Google’s California HQ with Heatherwick and is currently re-designing Foster’s 2 World Trade Centre.

Henning Larsen created Copenhagen Opera House, as well as the Harpa concert hall in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.