BIG Unveils a Ski Slope Waste Incinerator for Copenhagen

by , 01/27/11

Amagerforbraending, artificial skiing, big, Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen green building, energy carbon output, green energy, green sking, green smokestack, Industrial architecture, waste to energy

A ski slope designed by Topotek 1 & Man Made Land is built into the roof of the huge building, creating a unique recreational area in the region. Instead of making snow, the rooftop slope will be covered in a ‘recycled synthetic granular’ material. Bunny hills, plenty of downhill slopes, and even moguls make up the park. An elevator that runs along the smoke stack peers into the interior workings of the plant as skiers head to the summit. The façade features a modular grid of planters and windows that add greenery to the building and help it mimic a mountainside from a distance.

Waste-to-energy technology has come a long way, and complex and poisonous molecules are no longer discharged into the atmosphere. What does go up the smoke stack is carbon dioxide and water vapor, so the plant will make smoke rings — one for each ton of carbon. Lasers lighting up the rigs at night is even proposed to drive the point home. The plant will sit adjacent to the one it will replace.


Although certainly an example of “hedonistic sustainability”, BIG’s multitasking proposal combines a clean waste to power plant with a green wall system and a ski slope.

+ Bjarke Ingels Group

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