The recycling plant you can ski down

By 2015 residents in Copenhagen will be able to ski down a giant power plant that blows smoke-ring pie charts. Although it may sound a little far-fetched, the plant has […]

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By Tom Gibson

By 2015 residents in Copenhagen will be able to ski down a giant power plant that blows smoke-ring pie charts.

Although it may sound a little far-fetched, the plant has been designed to show the impacts of energy usage and clean living. Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has won an international competition to design a concept for a waste treatment facility that is environmentally sustainable and socially aware.

Located in an industrial area near the city center the recycling plant, currently run by Danish waste management company Amagerforbraending, will process 400,000 tonnes of waste and supply 550,000 homes with electricity and 140,000 with heating.

The plant is covered by a 1.8km ski slope and for every ton of CO2 produced a specially-designed chimney will pump out a smoke ring to remind the city of the environmental effects of their energy use.

At night heat tracking lights will guide lasers to the smoke rings to show environmental information.

Bjarke Ingels, Founder of BIG architects said: “The new plant is an example of what we at BIG call Hedonistic Sustainability – the idea that sustainability is not a burden, but that a sustainable city in fact can improve our quality of life. The Waste-to-Energy plant with a ski slope is the best example of a city and a building which is both ecologically, economically and socially sustainable.”