The concept is ludicrous: an enormous trash-burning power plant topped by a 2,000-foot-long ski run. In the center of Copenhagen. And featuring artfully envisioned steam rings? But it’s all happening.
The Bjarke Ingels Group building is essentially complete, with its facade of staggered metal planters in place and its Amager Bakken power plant up and running, according to Inhabitat. The plant’s official opening date isn’t until next year, when the ski slope portion up top would be ready as well.
“The completion date is after summer 2018, we are still pushing for the smoke rings, and we have proven that the technology works,” BIG Project Manager Jesper Boye Andersen told Inhabitat.
When finished, the ski slope will be covered in an artificial turf material and will be open all year round. The building will also boast a cafe, jogging path, and the world’s largest artificial climbing wall.
At full capacity, the plant will burn 400,000 tons of trash each year to generate enough power for 62,500 homes and hot water for 160,000 homes. It’s also 25 percent more efficient than its predecessor, while cutting CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons.
Head to Inhabitat for the full story and more photos.