Skiers Test Out the Slopes Atop BIG’s ‘Urban Mountain’ Plant in Copenhagen

The vivid blue and green artificial ski slope atop Bjarke
Ingels Group’s mountain-shaped Amager Resource Center in
Copenhagen is ready for action. The novel waste-to-energy plant
aims to be fun and educational while producing power, offering
three different gradients of ski surfaces suitable for all
experience levels as well as a park complete with hiking
trails, climbing walls and greenery, all for year-round public
use. While the slopes won’t be open to all for a few more
months, Denmark’s
TV2 Lorry
was on hand to capture some early tests.

Situated in an industrial waterfront area, the so-called “urban
mountain” adds to a range of fun physical activities and sports
accessible nearby, including sailing, cable skiing and
go-karts. But the architecture firm isn’t necessarily trying to
gloss over the purpose of the building with all these unusual
features. In fact, the mountain will release a ring of smoke
into the air every time one ton of carbon dioxide emissions is
produced “as a gentle reminder of the impact of consumption.”


BIG calls the project “a fun new breed of waste-to-energy
plant, one that is economically, environmentally, and socially
profitable. Instead of considering Amager Resource Center as an
isolated architectural object, we consider the assignment to
design a facade as an opportunity for the local context.

Slope images by
; all other photos by Aldo Amoretti

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