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Denmark Power Plant Features Ski Slope

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group announced the opening of CopenHill, a power plant in Copenhagen that features an artificial ski slope that is open year-round. The power plant is also known to be among the cleanest waste-to-energy plants in the world.

According to BIG, the 41,000-square-meter plant, also known as Amager Bakke, also features a climbing wall and a hiking trail, while also facilitating the city’s goal to become the world’s first carbon neutral city within the next six years.

CopenHill Power Plant

The plant, located along Copenhagen’s industrial waterfront, is designed to convert 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy every year, and also does double duty as public infrastructure. Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, told Dezeen that the plant “is a blatant architectural expression of something that would otherwise have remained invisible: that it is the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world.”

The design, featuring a wedge shape and a sloped green roof, won an international competition back in 2011, with construction breaking ground two years later. According to reports, 1.2-meter-tall (3.93-foot-tall), 3.3-meter-wide aluminum bricks make up the facade. Inside, machinery is arranged with height in mind, contributing to the sloped rooftop that is amenable for skiing. (The slope is 400 meters long with a 180-degree turn halfway down.)

There are also amenities available for those not interested in skiing, which include a rooftop bar, a cross-fit area and a hiking and running trail located in a garden, which was designed by SLA Architects, that functionally cuts down on stormwater runoff.

The plant is also equipped with 10 floors dedicated to administration, as well as an education center for conferences and workshops. Once money has been secured, an art installation that will release a ring of vapor into the air when 250 kilograms of carbon dioxide is released into the air is slated for later installation.

“Rather than consider ARC as an isolated architectural object, the building envelope is conceived as an opportunity for the local context while forming a destination and a reflection on the progressive vision of the company,” writes BIG.

   

Tagged categories: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Completed projects; Design; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Power Plants; Program/Project Management

Comment from Joseph Solis, (10/22/2019, 10:35 AM)

An excellent example of a multi purpose facility.


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