Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat designed this amazing power plant in Roskilde that generates energy from waste. The Energy Tower produces both electricity and heat through the process of incineration, and features a perforated double-layer façade that glows through the night.
The Roskilde power plant incinerates rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The building’s unique façade is made up of two different layers – a climatic barrier and an outer skin made from punched aluminum.
This dramatic second skin is constructed with umber-hued aluminum plates that feature laser-cut holes that allow light to shine through. The architect explains: “At night the backlight perforated façade transforms the incinerator into a gently glowing beacon – a symbol of the plant’s energy production.” He continues, “Several times an hour a spark of light will gradually grow into a burning flame that lights up the entire building. When the metaphorical fire ceases, the building falls back into a state of burning embers.” Brilliant.
Photos by Tim van de Velde