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SLA unveils designs for park and ski slope on roof of Copenhagen energy plant

A design rendering of the park and ski slope currently being built on the roof of the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. Designs by SLA.

Architecture firm SLA has unveiled designs to turn the roof of a Copenhagen operational waste-to-energy plant into a park and ski slope.

The Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen, Denmark started operation in 2017. It was designed by the firm behind the new panda enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to include a public space on its sloping roof that could be used as a park and ski slope.

While SLA has taken over work on designing the rooftop park, BIG has contributed to some of the ski slope designs.

The 16,000 square metre area will include hiking trails, playgrounds, fitness structures, trail running, climbing walls, vantage points and a café. It will also have a diverse variety of flora and fauna, all specifically chosen to survive in unique conditions 88 metres above ground with sloping terrain and the energy plant potentially heating the soil to temperatures of up to 60 degrees celsius.

In the winter 500 metres of ski slopes will join the park, with several choices of incline and difficulty level. The slopes will be accessible through a ski lift and elevators that run through the interior of the plant.

SLA partner Rasmus Astrup told ArchDaily: “The project to create an attractive and green activity rooftop park on top of Amager Bakke has been very challenging. Not only because of the extreme natural – and unnatural – conditions of the site and the rooftop itself, which put severe stress on plants, trees and landscape. But also because we’ve had to ensure that the rooftop’s many activities are realised in an accessible, intuitive and inviting manner.

“The goal is to ensure that Amager Bakke will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensuous city nature that gives value for all Copenhageners – all year round.”

Construction on the park and ski slopes has already begun and is due to be completed by September 2018.

Images: SLA

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Sam McCaffrey

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