A state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant that hosts a recreational ski park on its roof? Where else but Copenhagen. With Denmark having already established themselves as an important player in sustainability, this highly anticipated offering from renowned Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is certainly something to crow about.
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Set atop the Amager Resource Centre (ARC), Copenhill urban mountain redefines urban sustainability. It hosts the city’s first ski slope and is a welcome new playground and a major new tourist attraction.
Dramatically altering the skyline, Copenhagen’s new architectural beacon is visible from most of the city. In addition to boasting the world’s longest artificial ski slope at 600 meters, it also features the tallest climbing wall up one face of the ‘mountain’ at 90 meters. The park will also have forested areas for hiking and mountain biking, a viewing deck and a full-service restaurant. So residents and visitors to the city have reason to be excited.
The building itself is nothing short of spectacular – a futuristic, geometric design with aluminum and glass paneling. Built on Amager Island, a popular destination for extreme-sports enthusiasts, the building will be one of the city’s tallest at 100 meters. At 1.02 million square feet, it’s been aptly dubbed Amager Bakke (Amager Hill). Altogether, it’s a ground-breaking initiative in the realm of how architecture can respond to sustainable issues and a landmark in environmental design.
The roof park development is in line with BIG’s philosophy of ‘hedonistic sustainability’ and this project proves that saving the planet and having fun at the same time is an achievable objective. The latest in Copenhagen’s many greening projects, it’s another step forward in the city’s goal of becoming the world’s first, carbon-neutral capital.