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Waste Plant Doubles as a Ski Slope with Lasers

Waste Plant Doubles as a Ski Slope with Lasers

Why not spice up a waste treatment plant by adding a little recreational skiing on top? Throw some lasers into the mix, and you’ve got yourself the winner of an international design competition — and a plan that brings the word “resourceful” to a new level.

Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) won a recent competition with a design that positions a public ski slope on top of a waste-to-energy treatment center in Copenhagen.

With over 30 waste-to-energy plants, Denmark is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to turning garbage into clean, alternative fuel. Now, with it’s winning design, BIG is seeking to make Denmark’s trash even more functional by bringing recreation opportunities to a waste facility.

‘Amagerforbraendingen,’ as the design is called, is essentially a giant shell, wrapped around a waste incinerator, that offers slopes for all levels of skiers. Just like regular ski resorts, it has slopes of varying degrees labeled green, blue, or black diamond.

There are, however, a couple differences between BIG’s design and standard ski resorts. Instead of chairlifts, an elevator will take skiers from the base to the top. And rather than snow, visitors will ski on a “recycled synthetic granular” material that has similar properties to snow, according to SoftSailor.

In addition to the clean energy and recreation opportunities provided in the design, Amagerforbraendingen seeks to build public awareness of energy consumption through the use of lasers. Once one ton of fossil CO2 is generated by the plant, a smoke ring is released. At night, a laser becomes activated and a pie chart is projected onto the smoke ring to display the actual quota of fossil CO2. For more information, visit the website for Amagerforbraendingen.

Image credit: BIG architects

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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4:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

4:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

4:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

4:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

4:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

4:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

4:50AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

great idea

1:06AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Thanks for the informative article.

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10:46AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Thank you for posting.

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