Amager Bakke, an incinerator designed by the well-known Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), will feature a ski slope, rooftop picnic area, climbing wall and a spectacular view of Copenhagen, Denmark.
In addition to the incinerator that is slated to open in 2017, the city is also replacing its existing power plant with a new plant that will run on fossil-fuel free biomass. The new power plant is expected to open in 2020.
The Guardian has more details:
Stroll along Copenhagen’s waterfront and the horizon is punctuated by the smokestacks from the power station at the tip of Amager island. Construction has just begun on a replacement that will run on fossil-fuel free biomass when it opens in 2020. Beside the power plant, the final touches are being put on the striking aluminium facade of Amager Bakke, an incinerator that will double as a recreational space for the city when it opens next year – complete with an artificial ski slope running down its wedge-shaped roof.
Both plants will be green totems for Copenhagen’s ambitions to be the first city in the world to go zero-carbon by 2025, with the incineration plant claiming to be the cleanest burning building of its kind in the world.
But they are also emblematic of something bigger: how industry is trying to transform into something cleaner and greener.