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BIG’s waste-to-energy ski slope finally starts on site

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Work on BIG’s €470 million waste-to-energy ski slope in Copenhagen has finally started

The 100m-tall waste-to energy plant will incorporate ski slope on its roof, accessed by a glass elevator giving visitors a glimpse at the inner workings of the power plant.

The plant’s smoke stack will blow out smoke rings; one every time a tonne of CO2 is released. According to BIG this will ‘act as a reminder to the city of the environmental impacts of consumption’.

The scheme, named Amager Bakke, will replace the 40 year old Amagerforbraending plant next door.

BIG originally won the competition to design the energy plant, back in January 2011, seeing off competition from Wilkinson Eyre, Dominique Perrault Architecture, 3XN, Lundgaard & Tranberg and Gottlieb Paludan Architects.

The scheme wasn’t approved until October 2012. A spokesperson from the City Council said this was due to ‘a strong wish to recycle more than the plant was designed for originally, so a few negotiations where needed – resulting in a higher recycling rate at the new plant.’

Denmark already imports waste to support the country’s other incineration plants.

Due to complete in 2016, the plant will treat 400,000 tonnes of waste annually, generating power for 50,000 households, and another 120,000 will receive district heating from the plant.

Speaking at an event in Manchester hosted by RIBA North, BIG’s David Zahle confirmed the project had started on site. He also said the practice are currently working on a 600-unit ‘courtscraper’ in Manhattan, housing in Miami and an office tower in Vancouver.

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