Denmark will be home to one of the most innovative dual purpose projects in the world. Design firm Bjarke Ingels Architects (BIG) recently won a competition to create a waste-to-energy treatment plant whose roof will become a 31,002 square meter artificial ski slope.
The client, Amagerforbraending, is a leading Danish energy and waste company. In addition to improving the image of a waste treatment plant, the project is designed to provide a unifying element between the urban area on one side of the side and factories on the other. According to BIG’s website, “We want to do more than just create a beautiful skin around the factory. We want to add functionality...We propose a new breed of waste-to-energy plant, one that is economically, environmentally, and socially profitable.”
Since the area is already a popular destination for outdoor recreation, the architects incorporated it into the design of the facility. According to the website, “Instead of creating a large expanse of empty roofscape, the horizontal façade of the building could be connected to the surrounding recreational landscape.” People will be able to utilize the ski trails year round—the ski slope roof is an innovative way to reduce the cooling loads of the treatment plant.
Rather than hiding the internal workings of the wastewater treatment process, the design features two large skylights on the roof. Additionally, the exterior will feature a green wall of planters to complement the snow roof and create the illusion of a mountain.
The treatment plant will be complete in 2016.