There’s No Shortage of Power At CopenHill Here’s one for you. What do you get when you combine the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy power plant with a year-round artificial ski slope that you build to fit on top of it? If you guessed CopenHill, you would…
There’s No Shortage of Power At CopenHill
Here’s one for you. What do you get when you combine the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy power plant with a year-round artificial ski slope that you build to fit on top of it? If you guessed CopenHill, you would be correct. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, this is a lot more than just a place to ski while rubbish is converted into power under your bindings.
Designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), CopenHill – formally known as Amager Bakke – can convert 440,000 tons of waste annually into clean energy. The plan by BIG was to create a facility that would serve as public infrastructure as the building’s roof has tree-lined hiking trails along with ski slopes. There’s also the tallest artificial climbing wall on the planet in CopenHill’s façade.
Details on the CopenPlant
The building has a total of ten floors of administrative space plus an education centre measuring 600-square meters. Primarily used for workshops, academic tours, and sustainability conferences.
Aside from being located on an industrial waterfront, the building stands out because of it’s wedge-shape, sloped green roof and blocky façade. The façade is made up of 1.2-meter tall and 3.3-meter wide aluminum bricks that are stacked like giant bricks. All office space inside the building is naturally lit by glazing that sits in slots in-between the aluminium bricks.
The inner workings of CopenPlant (our word for it) contain what has been called “the latest technologies in waste treatment and energy production.” What’s more impressive is the output of this fancy stack of technology. The plant can incinerate 440,000 tons of waste and convert that to electricity and heating for 150,000 homes each year.
Because the machinery necessary to carry out this work is arranged in order of height, the building has its distinctive sloped roof design.
Details on the CopenHill
The CopenHill (their word for it) ski slope runs a total length of 400-metres and starts at the top of the 90-meter high building. The slopes run to the base of the structure and feature a 180-degree turn at roughly the halfway point.
Skiers can access the rooftop slope in one of several different ways. There are a platter lift, carpet lifts, and a glass elevator. The latter provides riders with a view inside the power plant.
Oh, and what if you aren’t a skier and you still want to check out the view? That is not a problem as CopenHill also has a rooftop bar, cross-fit area, 85-meter tall climbing wall, and 490-meter long hiking and running trail that will snake you through the artificial garden.
The garden is a whole different matter. Designed by SLA Architects, the garden is meant to provide a valuable green space for birds, bees, and flowers. It will also function as a heat absorber, a filter from harmful airborne particles and a means to reduce stormwater runoff from the roof.
The 41,000-square meter ski/plant design won an international competition in 2011. Two years later groundbreaking began. Copenhagen has committed to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. CopenHill is hoped to be a major contributor to that goal.
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