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Waste-to-Energy Plant
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DESIGNER
 
 
BIG
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DESCRIPTION
 
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group Waste-to-Energy Plant CopenhagenAmagerforbraending is in many ways situated on an edge condition. It is a place in the outskirts of Copenhagen, but also the centre for new recreational activities. It divides the local area in two, with factories on one side and housing on the other. It is a place you know from afar, but where few people ever go. On one hand the city of Copenhagen on the other hand Amager. The aim of the project is to tie all these opposing forces together, forming an identity for a new place in Copenhagen. We want to turn it into a place in itself – a destination where people will travel to. Most of the recently build power plants are merely functional boxes, wrapped in an expensive gift paper. The main “function” of the façade is to hide the fact that factories are having a serious image/branding problem. We want to do more than just create a beautiful skin around the factory. We want to add functionality! The ambition of creating added value in terms of added functionality does not stand in contrast to the ambition to create beauty. It does not have to be either/or – it can be both! We propose a new breed of waste-to-energy plant, one that is economically, environmentally, and socially profitable. Instead of considering Amagerforbraending as an isolated object, we mobilize the architecture and intensify the relationship between the building and the city – expanding the existing activities in the area by turning the roof of the new Amagerforbraending into a ski slope for the citizens of Copenhagen. Now is time to re-brand the factory.
Context
The site is situated in an industrial area just outside the center of Copenhagen, and which is being actively repurposed for recreational and residential developments. Within minutes from the site it is possible to engage in physically challenging sports such as cable skiing, go-carting, sailing, and rock climbing.
Smokestack
One end of the building is lifted to integrate the smokestack into the overall architecture of the plant.
Administrative + Visitor Center
The envelope of the building expands to accommodate an administrative and visitor center. We anticipate that coordinating design work between the facade and plant designers will allow for an integrated design approach to avoid the transmission of noise and vibration.
Public Connection
Pushing down one end of the building minimizes the overall volume and allows for the possibility a public connection.
Apline Skiing in Copenhagen
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group Waste-to-Energy Plant CopenhagenWe propose to turn the roof of the new Amagerforbraending into an artificial ski slope for the citizens of Copenhagen and its neighboring municipalities. The tall height of the internal volume of the plant means that this could be achieved with an average addition of 10m of vertical structure across the roof. The slope will be ecological and usable all year round, upending the convention of the energy intensive indoor or alpine ski resort.

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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
The new waste-to-energy plant will also feature a comprehensive strategy for sustainability, from the level of the building systems to its broader communicative role in urban and social settings.
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group Waste-to-Energy Plant Copenhagen
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Denmark [Danmark]
Region
Hovedstaden
Municipality
Copenhagen [København]
Town
Copenhagen [København]
District
Sundbyøster
Address
Vindmøllevej, Kraftværksvej
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Industrial buildings and plants
Energy production centres
Plants
Sports buildings
Skiing facilities, cableways

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Sport green
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Panoramic structures, belvederes
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010 - 2011     project winner of competition
Realisation
2011 - 2016
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CLIENT
 
 
Amagerforbraending
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AMOUNT
 
 
DKK 3,500,000,000 (€ 460,000,000 - $ 650,000,000)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
building: sq.m. 95,000
landscape: sq.m. 90,000
roof + ski slope: sq.m. 32,000
façade area: sq.m. 74,000
administrative + Visitor center floor area: sq.m. 6,500
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STRUCTURES
 
 
AKT
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Topotek 1/Man Made Land
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STAFF
 
Project
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Principal-in-charge
Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
Project leader
Brian Yang
Design team
Jelena Vucic, Alina Tamosiunaite, Armor Gutierrez, Maciej Zawadzki, Jakob Lange, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Daniel Selensky, Gül Ertekin, Xing Xiong, Sunming Lee, Long Zuo
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