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Sustainability is the zeitgeist of our age. It’s serious stuff all right but can it also be fun? According to Bjarke Ingels of architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) the answer is a resounding yes.
And as if to prove it, his practice has just completed a milestone project that puts sustainability and recreation firmly centre stage.
Copenhill is a £490m waste-to-energy plant in the Amager district of Copenhagen, a post-industrial dockland neighbourhood on the south-east fringes of the city centre that is being extensively regenerated.
A waste-to-energy plant burns rubbish to create power and Copenhill aims to burn up to 400,000 tonnes of waste per year, producing enough electricity to power 60,000 homes and heat 160,000 homes. To put it simply, 3kg of household waste can provide up to five hours of domestic heating.
Copenhagen’s new 41,000m² facility is run by the Amager Resource Centre (ARC) and has been designed by BIG. It aims to be the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world, helping the city of Copenhagen achieve its goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025.