BIG opens Copenhill power plant topped with rooftop ski slope in Copenhagen - architecture and design

BIG opens Copenhill power plant topped with rooftop ski slope in Copenhagen



BIG has completed the "cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world" in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is topped by an artificial ski slope that is open all year round.
CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a power plant located on an industrial waterfront that is capable of converting 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy annually.
It was designed by BIG to double as public infrastructure, and is complete with tree-lined hiking trails and ski slopes on its roof along with the "tallest artificial climbing wall in the world" on its facade.

"CopenHill is a blatant architectural expression of something that would otherwise have remained invisible: that it is the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world," said Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG. "As a power plant, CopenHill is so clean that we have been able to turn its building mass into the bedrock of the social life of the city ? its facade is climbable, its roof is hikeable and its slopes are skiable" he continued.
"A crystal clear example of hedonistic sustainability ? that a sustainable city is not only better for the environment ? it is also more enjoyable for the lives of its citizens."
Photo is by Aldo Amoretti
The design for the 41,0000-square-metre CopenHill "ski plant" won an international competition in 2011, with the building breaking ground two years later. It is hoped the building will help Copenhagen meet its goal of becoming the world's fi...
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