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Amager Bakke

A new waste treatment plant aims to provide Copenhagen with more efficient energy production in recreational surroundings with a ski slope and a vantage point at the top.

Due to wear and tear one of Denmark's oldest waste treatment plants Amagerforbrænding is planned to re-emerge in a new and modern envelope. The architectural office of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group is behind the proposal for a new waste treatment plant at the same address.

The state-of-the-art waste treatment plant will be built between Denmark's oldest concrete structure, the Prøvestenen fortifications, where the city's largest yacht harbour is under construction, and the new activity centre Copenhagen Cablepark, where wakeboarders kick up their heels on the water.

Recreation on the waste treatment box

Amager Bakke has been conceived as more than just a functional industrial building in a no man's land. The waste treatment plant and the green areas by the water's edge are intended to provide Copenhageners and anyone else with a recreational place to go on a Sunday outing.

That is why the building will be covered by 1500 metres of green, blue and black pistes for ski buffs, while less action-craving visitors can enjoy the view from the vantage platform at the top of the 90-metre-high building.

The ski slope and the vantage point will be an addition to the activities that are already available in the area. Moreover, they will create a connection between the city and industry.

Smoke rings and carbon reduction

The purpose of the waste treatment plant is first and foremost to turn waste into energy, but this does not necessarily have to be done behind closed doors. So, as a way of visualising the production of heat and power for homes and industry, the smokestack will emit smoke rings.

The smokestack will have the form of a giant circle, enabling it to spew out signals about the production of energy in the city and, moreover, the structure will house a café and an indoor vantage point.

The production of energy will be carried out to an extremely high environmental standard and far more efficiently than before. A 20 per cent increase in energy efficiency per ton of waste resulting in a carbon reduction of 50-60,000 ton per year, will represent a substantial step towards meeting the city's target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Last updated Tuesday, November 01, 2016