If the phrase "Gottlieb Paludan just won the Nykredit Prize" sounds like a Google Translation fail, then this article is for you. Administered by a large financial firm, the Nykredit Prize, worth roughly $75,000, has fast become a coveted architecture award in Scandinavia due to both the large pot and prestigious list of past winners (previous recipients include Jørn Utzon and Bjarke Ingels). That means this year's winner, Copenhagen's Gottlieb Paludan, should be on your radar. Founded in 1901, the 100-person firm focuses on infrastructure, construction and landscape architecture, with a particular interest in green energy, cycling and urban renewal. The do-good mentality doesn't preclude good design, as the company has gone high-end with bike bridges, power stations and even biomass plants, showing utilities don't have to be utilitarian. Infrastructure fans should take note.
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