The brief for this competition in Copenhagen called for a new waste treatment facility to combine the advanced technical equipment that is required with a building of great architectural value. This is in contrast to many of the recently built power plants which are merely functional boxes wrapped in a skin with the aim of hiding the contents and operations taking place inside.
A new waste-treatment plant in the centre of Copenhagen which doubles as a ski slope
BIG’s approach to the design was to utilise the volume required to unite the facility and open this up for the visitor. In addition a ski area and observation deck was designed into the roof plane of the centre creating a new breed of waste-to-energy facility that is economically, environmentally and socially profitable.