A building with a ski slope, waste processing and steam hoops: a.
Sometimes here we talk about ecological or sustainable buildings, but this one in Denmark is a bit special because it goes something further. It is a multipurpose building, with the particularity that being a waste processing plant they hope will be a major tourist attraction.
It is the building known as Copenhill, although its real name is Amager Bakke, located in Copenhagen. The design and architecture are of course striking, but the rest of the characteristics are still interesting, such as its composition or those uses that we have already mentioned, and everything is very much aimed at making it a good tourist resource so that in the end the plan goes well.
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That is not exactly the idea. The Copenhill is, in addition to a waste processing plant, a 600-meter ski ramp, a climbing wall (the highest artificial climbing wall in the world neither more nor less, as recalled in Inhabitat) and also houses a restaurant , in addition to spicing up the center of the capital with that modernist stamp.
Because as they remember in Bloomberg the building is very well located, central although facing the sea, near other points of interest like the National Opera and less than 15 minutes from the airport. And why is tourism important to meet objectives? Because Copenhill is very green, but it hasn’t been cheap.
According to Inhabitat, the cost of the building would be around 632 million dollars, finally being 660 million. The financing was provided by several districts that would benefit from the energy and hot water that the facilities will provide, and the idea is that more than 300,000 tourists visit the building a year, including 65,000 skiers.
The idea is that more than 300,000 tourists visit the building per year, including 65,000 skiers.
Claims are not lacking either, because in addition to the location, the facilities and the thousands of photos that will be taken, there is that fireplace that in addition to being striking has another striking function: it casts steam rings.
Goals as ambitious as they are green
Beyond encouraging tourism, the idea is that it really pays off in terms of sustainability and energy. What is calculated is that the plant will be able to process a total of 400,000 tons of waste per year to provide hot water to 160,000 homes and electricity to 62,500 homes, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 100,000 tons per year.
Not surprisingly, the city has set itself the goal of being the first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Something that they are approaching is reducing emissions since 2005 by 33%, according to the mayor told Bloomberg, calculating that Copenhill increase this percentage to 99.5% thereafter.
Margin has, given that to reach the 2025 target 928,000 tons of atmospheric CO2 have to be eliminated. For the moment things are going well, since apparently the air that surrounds the plant is healthier than that which is breathed in the center of the city.
The building with the 84-meter artificial climbing wall, the 600-meter ski slope and the roof with a grove of trees was inaugurated in March 2017, although there are still objectives to be met, such as the one that works only with biomass (in 2020). It is built in metal plates that control solar exposure and designed to collect rainwater to irrigate its own vegetation.
Images | Inhabitat, Volund