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Waste to energy plant with rooftop ski slope opens in Denmark

08/10/2019
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We’ve heard of multi-use buildings before now, but there’s ‘snow’ way we’ve seen a building that mixes uses as much as CopenHill, the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy power plant which also incorporates a rooftop ski slope.
Waste to energy plant with rooftop ski slope opens in Denmark
(Image via BIG).

CopenHill (also known as Amager Bakke) has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and is situated at the edge of Copenhagen. 

The imposing building is packed with facilities including a ski slope, hiking trail, climbing wall, roof top bar, lush garden, an urban recreation centre and an environmental education hub, ‘embodying the notion of hedonistic sustainability while aligning with Copenhagen’s goal of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city by 2025’ according to the designers of the project. 
CopenHill's most striking feature is its new rooftop ski slope
(Image via BIG).

Whilst the plant was first switched on in 2017 converting 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy each year since, this week marks the opening of the building’s other features which are expected to attract around 50-60,000 skiers and other visitors each year. 

Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director of BIG, described his idea behind the project:

“CopenHill 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. As a power plant, CopenHill is so clean that we have been able to turn its building mass into the bedrock of the social life of the city – its façade is climbable, its roof is hikeable and its slopes are skiable. A crystal-clear example of Hedonistic Sustainability – that a sustainable city is not only better for the environment – it is also more enjoyable for the lives of its citizens.”
The interior of CopenHill includes ten floors of offices and a conference space
(Image via BIG).

The plant’s wedge-shaped form makes it an imposing, and easily recognisable structure. Given that Denmark’s highest point is only a little over 170m, the 85m height of CopenHill has made it into an immediate landmark.

Another notable aspect of the plant is its chimney, which has been designed to release a ring of vapour every time 250 kilograms of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

The facility receives up to 300 truckloads of waste every day, which is burned in two huge furnaces at temperatures reaching 1,000C. The heat from the furnaces is then used to boil water to create steam which in turn spins a turbine. The electricity produced is then fed into Denmark’s power grid with any leftover steam used to heat 72,000 homes across Copenhagen using a district heating system.
CopenHill has immediately become a landmark in Copenhagen
(Image via BIG).

So, could we see other power plants and industrial facilities being turned into multi-use facilities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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