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First detailed photographs released for BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen

Denmark - Jun 5, 2018 - 03:03   5255 views

First detailed photographs have been released for BIG's hotly-anticipated Waste-to-Energy Plant, which is also known as the ARC Amager Resource Center, as it nears completion in Copenhagen and expected to the public this fall. 

The architectural photographer Aldo Amoretti captured a series of photographs of the building from the interior and exterior to show how the building perfectly sits at the city context and shines with its chameleon-like skin in the industrial neighborhood.

As the building is almost complete, the building's roof will also be activated with an activity park and 500-metre-long ski slope designed by Danish-based landscape architects SLA. The recently-released images show that a large part of the building was completed in March 2017, but the construction work still continues on the 16,000-square-metre ski slope and activity park.

BIG won a competition to replace the adjacent 40 year old Amagerforbraending plant with a new treatment facility in 2011, which will transform waste into energy with its socially-driven programs throughout the building. 

Conceived as the most clean and efficient Waste-to-Energy Plant in the world, the building is expected to convert 400,000 tons of waste each year, which will also provide heat for 150,000 dwellings and low-carbon electricity for 550,000 people. 

The 41,000-square-metre building is located in and industrial area, which has turned into an extreme sport destination for thrill seekers. The building will include sport activities for different extreme sports such as cable wake boarding, goo-kart racing, and rock climbing among others. 

"The Amager Resource Center is the most significant landmark in the area and the building is in need of renewal. We propose a new breed of waste-to-energy plant, one that is economically, environmentally, and socially profitable," said BIG.

Designing the building rather than an isolated object, the studio aimed to create dynamic architecture and intensify the relationship between the building and the city, expanding the existing activities in the area. 

The building's urbanistic use is activated by the large roof of the Amager Resource Center to provide a ski slope. The new plant establishes Amager Resource Center as an innovator on an urban scale, redefining the relationship between the waste plant and the city.


"It will be both iconic and integrated, a destination itself, and a reflection on the progressive vision of the company," added the firm. 

The building will generate power by burning waste via its rings emitted from a 124-metre high chimney at the peak of the sloping roof. It will feature the world’s first steam ring generator that will puff out a steam ring for every ton of CO2 emitted by the plant.

Bjarke Ingels is also one of the architects who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project in 2015. The campaign had reached over $29,520 since its opening. 

BIG recently completed its first tiny cabin in New York. The studio unveiled plans for the Twisting Towers, which are currently under construction in New York. Bjarke Ingels was also named as Chief Architect of WeWork, a global co-working company based in New York. 

All images © Aldo Amoretti

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