The Plus: Unique Camping Factory

The Plus is a project by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), an architectural firm known for its ability to design buildings with multiple functions.

MAGNOR, NORWAY

The Plus is a project by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), an architectural firm known for its ability to design buildings with multiple functions. The company is responsible for the Twist Bridge Museum (Kistefos Sculpture Park near Oslo), the CopenHill power plant and ski resort (Copenhagen). And now The Plus furniture factory and camp site will join them. The project was commissioned by the Vestre furniture manufacturer and was originally conceived as part of a hiking trail and camp site for travellers. Factory visitors will be able to see all stages of furniture production inside the building and even to climb up onto its landscaped roof.
6,400 sq. m - factory space including:
  • 1,450 sq. m - wood processing shop
  • 1,450 sq. m - assembly shop
  • 1,450 sq. m - painting shop
  • 1,450 sq. m - warehouse
  • 600 sq. m - guest zone
122 ha - total site area
USD 33.6 m - project implementation costs
2022 - project completion date
WHAT'S INSIDE:

The factory is organized around four main production areas: warehouse, paint, wood processing and assembly shops. All of them will be united by a central hub, which will accommodate the logistics office and the forwarding center. A small tree-lined public space is also planned there. So, the latest samples of Vestre furniture will find a good exhibition place. Moreover, there are also plans to use smart robots and self-driving trucks.
HOW IT WILL BE:

The Plus factory will meet the principles of sustainability and circular economy. The building will be constructed of wooden panels with elements of low-carbon concrete using recycled reinforcing steel. The energy supply system will combine 1,200 solar panels and water from geothermal wells. In addition, the excess heat created in the production process will be used to heat the building. The Plus is expected to consume 90% less energy than traditional furniture production. BIG expects the new Vestre plant to be the first industrial facility in the Nordic countries to receive a BREEAM Outstanding environmental rating.

WHO TAKES PART:

  • Innovation Norway - a state-owned innovation company;
  • Enova - an investment company that finances environmental improvement projects in Norway;
  • Eidscog Municipal Council;
  • Klosser Innovasjon - environment for development and innovation;
  • Siva - a Norwegian industrial development corporation.
Bjarke Ingels
founder, BIG
"Radical transparency offers travelers and other visitors the chance to enjoy the entire production process while providing employees with a special work experience in the middle of the forest."
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