Copenhagen Incinerator to Double as Ski Slope

posted 04.07.2011
Architect, Bjarke Ingels has produced a winning design to produce an incinerator with a twist in the heart of Copenhagen. The twist being that he has outlined plans to put a ski slope on the roof in the effort to create a social and cultural hub which Copenhagen can enjoy.

The 100m waste-to-energy plant aims to be one of the cleanest in the world when it opens in 2016. The plant will be located in an industrial area in the outskirts of Copenhagen and will replace an existing 40-year-old incinerator. It is estimated the new plant will cost 3.5bn kroner (approximately £424m) and will be 20% more effective that the plant it replaces.

The 36 year old winning architect Bjarke Ingels is hailed to be one of the most exiting architects of his generation. His designs seek to combine sustainability as well as improving human enjoyment and the quality of life for locals, an idea which he has dubbed ?hedonistic sustainability?.

Ingels stated that he believed it made perfect sense to inject a bit of fun into the design for the new incinerator. He said: "When you spend 3.5bn kroner [£424m] creating an energy plant in the middle of Copenhagen you make sure it doesn't become an ugly box that the neighbours will protest against and clutters the cityscape.?
"You have to make sure it becomes a public park, an attraction. And when the kids come to go skiing on top of the plant they will probably be curious to find out what's going on inside the mountain."

Not only will visitors be able to ski on the incinerator but people will also be able to measure the amount of CO2 being released from the plant. For every tonne of CO2 released, the smokestack on the top of the plant will emit a 30m-smoke ring.

Denmark already has a good record in waste-to-energy with over 50% of waste in Denmark already used in this process. Ingels commented the importance of seeing waste as a resource stating that one tonne of waste could be equivalent to nearly two barrels of oil.

Recipro sourced this article from The Guardian.

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