Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill — a waste-to-energy
plant topped with a year-round ski slope — is officially open,
marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the
world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT,
Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural
landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant
in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub
as well as a landscaped roof for urban recreation including skiing,
hiking and climbing.

Designed to replace the neighboring 50-year-old waste-to-energy
plant, the 41,000-square-meter CopenHill — also known as Amager
Bakke — boasts state-of-the-art technologies in waste treatment
and energy production. BIG, which won the 2011 international
competition for the power plant, drew inspiration from the
industrial waterfront of Amager that is now a hub for extreme

“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,” says Bjarke
Ingels in a press release. “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.”

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In addition to the 9,000-square-meter ski terrain, visitors can
enjoy hiking the building’s summit with the 490-meter-long hiking
and running pathway landscaped with 7,000 bushes and 300 trees to
mimic the look of a lush mountain trail. Soaring to a height of 85
meters, the 10,000-square-meter green roof also includes a rooftop
bar, cross-fit area, climbing wall and observation area that can be
reached via lift or glass elevator that provides views inside the
24-hour operations of the waste-to-energy plant that converts
440,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to power
150,000 homes. The building also houses ten floors of
administrative space for the ARC team and a 600-square-meter
education center for academic tours, workshops and sustainability


Images by Laurian Ghinitoiu, Aldo Amoretti, Dragoer Luftfoto,
Rasmus Hjortshoj. and Soren Aagaard

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen