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Reimagining Waste Processing As A Public Art And Recreation Destination

Reimagining Waste Processing As A Public Art And Recreation Destination
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A new waste to energy processing plant in Copenhagen re-conceives the ecology and possibilities of waste treatment facilities.

Stephen Fortune
  • 7 february 2011

An ambitious architectural commission seeks ways that a state of the art waste processing facility can also provide a space for reflection and double as a destination in itself.

The roof of the new processing facility will be converted into a 31.000 m2 ski slope designed to cater to varying skill levels. To access the ski slopes visitors will ascend via an elevator along the plant’s smokestake, granting citizens a glimpse into the inner workings of the facility.

The architectural work doesn’t shy away from it’s environmental impact, which remains pertinent in spite of the state of the art technology utilized. Instead they have collaborated with BIG VORTEX, who will utilize the residue of waste burning within the plant to create gigantic smoke signals.

Each smoke signal will provide an imposing visual symbol of one ton of fossil fuel carbon dioxide, making palpable the environmental impact of the processing facility. In addition heat tracking will be used to project lasers on the 30 metre wide smoke rings, illustrating pie charts where the actual quota of CO2 consumed can be read.

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