Ever been to a recycling plant? More often than not, they’re rather smelly buildings tucked away in the furthest reaches of cities. But BIG Designs has turned the concept on its head with its new Copenhagen recycling station, which will be an “attractive and lively urban space” that doubles as a ski slope in the winter.
According to Arch Daily, the Syndhavns Recycling Center was designed by BIG for Amagerforbraending, a Copenhagen waste management company. When complete, it will double as a public space with fitness facilities, running tracks and picnic area, complete with trees and grass for a park-like atmosphere. The actual recycling center is located beneath all of this, and reveals itself to curious visitors via the “recycling square” that gives them a glimpse into the world below.
“In its simplest form the recycling station is a way to start thinking of our cities as integrated man-made ecosystems, where we don’t distinguish between the front and back of house,” said BIG. “But rather orchestrate all aspects of daily life, from consumption to recycling, from infrastructure to education, from the practical to the playful into a single integrated urban landscape of work and play.”
Via Arch Daily
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