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Bjarke Ingels' New Waste Plant Will Also Be a Ski Slope

When he's not tearing Florida buildings in half, architecture's wacky it-boy Bjarke Ingels is doing what he does best: designing pyramid-shaped buildings, perhaps with some hidden novelty feature akin to the bike-up-able residential complex that scored an AIA award in 2011. Like that massive project, the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant, which broke ground on March 4, is also located in Copenhagen and also has its own fun feature: the 95,000-square-meter waste plant doubles as a ski slope. "Creating added value in terms of added functionality does not stand in contrast to the ambition to create beauty," the architects tells World Architecture News. "We mobilise the architecture and intensify the relationship between the building and the city—expanding the existing activities in the area by turning the roof [...] into a ski slope for the citizens of Copenhagen." As for the obvious—skiing on a waste plant sounds gross—consider this: "Visitors will reach the dizzying heights of Amagerforbrændingen ski roof via an external lift system which will rise past the plant's smokestack, ensuring that they are aware of the building's primal function." It's probably wise to assure Blacks and Blues of this right out of the gate, given that the soon-to-be largest manmade ski dome on Earth is planned for the city of Randers, only three hours away.

· BIG Breaks Ground On A Waste Incinerator Slash Ski Slope (Yes, Really!) [Architizer]
· Work begins on Bjarke Ingels Group's 95,000 sq m Waste to Energy Plant in Copenhagen [World Architecture News]