Copenhagen Trash Incinerator
A rendering of the Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen. The trash incinerator will have a functioning ski resort on its roof. (Courtesy of BIG)

Literally Skiing on Garbage

Building a trash incinerator-cum-resort

Copenhagen Trash Incinerator

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Soon, a vacation to Copenhagen won’t be complete without a few runs down the the city’s garbage incinerator. Amager Bakke, a waste-management company in Denmark, is building a power plant that doubles as a fully-functioning, 2.7-acre ski resort, complete with black-diamond runs.

“We propose to turn the roof of the new Amager Resource Center into an artificial ski slope for the citizens of Copenhagen, where it will be possible to ski all year round!” wrote Bjarke Ingels Group, the international architecture firm working on the design, on the project’s website.

The slope will begin at the top of the building, 280 feet in the air, and slope all the way to ground level where skiers can take an elevator back to the top. The project broke ground in March, and first tracks are expected by spring 2017.

See the building in Google Earth (requires Google Earth)

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Courtesy of BIG