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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Two Danish architecture firms recently announced their winning design for the world's largest waste-to-energy power plant scheduled for construction in Shenzhen, China.

Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (SHLA) partnered on the winning entry into an international competition soliciting proposals for the new Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant.

The multi-use site, commissioned by Shenzhen Energy Group, is meant to serve as an “inviting public complex” in addition to functioning as an energy provider, GPA said in a statement Wednesday (Feb. 3).

Two Danish architecture firms recently revealed their winning design concept for the world's largest waste-to-energy power plant scheduled for construction in Shenzhen, China.

The team was selected from a pool of five other teams, which included Arup and AECOM, online architecture and design magazine Dezeen reported.

Form and Function

Breaking from a traditional rectangular layout, the winning preliminary design organizes the entire plant, situated in the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, and all of its structures into one circular building.

This circular form, the architects note, minimizes the footprint of the plant and also reduces the amount of excavation work required on 267,000-square-meter site.

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Breaking from a traditional rectangular layout, the winning preliminary design organizes the entire plant, situated in the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, and all of its structures into one circular building.

The 66,000-square-meter roof is designed to be covered by up to 44,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels, which should allow the plant to produce even more renewable energy for the city.

Although the project is still in its earliest days, GPA spokesperson Sten Sødring gave PaintSquare News more information about the materials planned for the project. The constructions, roof and facade are expected to built with steel; the facades will also make use of aluminum and glass; and, in addition to the solar panels, the roof surfaces will include glass and greens, such as sedum, moss and grass.

A landscaped park will lead visitors to an entrance bridge, which will rise between the power plant’s smokestacks, and on to an entrance lobby and a visitor center overlooking the plant machinery.

An internal circular path and walkway circle the plant, presenting each part of the production process, before leading up to a 1.5-kilometer panoramic public walkway on the roof overlooking the surrounding landscape and the city of Shenzhen.

Detailed design work is due to begin in early 2016, and the plant is scheduled to start operating in 2020.

Energy Education

In addition to using the most advanced technology in waste incineration and power generation, the facility is also intended to welcome visitors and educate the citizens of Shenzhen on the advantages of waste-to-energy production.

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Beauty & the Bit

A landscaped park will lead visitors to an entrance bridge, which will rise between the power plant’s smokestacks, and on to an entrance lobby and a visitor center overlooking the plant machinery.

The plant is intended to showcase how the technical process can tackle the issues of growing amounts of waste, as well as the issue of finding more environmentally friendly ways to generate power.

Visitors will learn about the challenges posed by growing amounts of waste, as well as how to reduce their own daily waste output.

The plant will burn 5,000 tons of waste per day, the architects indicated, which is equal to one-third of the waste generated by the city’s 20 million inhabitants.

About the Firms

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has been active in Asia for almost a decade. The studio has built a reputation, it says, for bringing a strong Scandinavian design approach to large complex public projects in China. The practice has offices located in Aarhus, Copenhagen, London, Shanghai and Singapore.

Established in Copenhagen in 1901, Gottlieb Paludan Architects has received international acclaim for the ability to merge technical knowledge with a strong architectural design, it says. It describes itself an expert in designing technical facilities, especially in an urban context, and recently won the commission for the new BIO4 power plant in Copenhagen.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Contract awards; Design; Power Plants; Solar energy; Waste Processing Plant

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