Danish power plant to double as ski slope

by Ella FAIRCHILD on January 25, 2011

Tourists visiting Denmark no longer have to choose between a city location and winter sports. Plans have been revealed to turn a new power plant just outside Copenhagen into a year-round ski slope.

The combined heat and power (CHP) factory in Amager will be built as a 90-metre mountain before being wrapped in a white plastic shell so it can be enjoyed even in the summer. The designs have been put forwards by architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels, which won a competition for the contract, mainly due to their innovative approach.

An indoor elevator will take visitors to the top of the 1,500-metre structure where they can enjoy views of Denmark’s capital city and southern Sweden before making their way down the fun way. Those not taken to skiing can also enjoy cycling and other sports on the sloping building.

The project is being managed by waste and energy company Amagerforbraending which is hoping the complete redesign of the 40-year-old plant will become Copenhagen’s biggest tourist attraction. Ulla Rottger, manager of Amagerforbraending, called the idea “fantastic” and added that the complex will showcase the city’s environmental and technological appeal.

The BIG group, which won the contract to design the building out of a group of 36 other Danish and international architecture firms, said a ski slope on the building’s roof is the perfect way to advertise a city that is socially, economically and ecologically viable.

The complex is expected to be completed by 2016, when it will help Copenhagen cut its C02 emissions by 60,000 tonnes a year by making the facility 20 percent more efficient.

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