Making a Mountain to Promote Health and Activity: Copenhill, Copenhagen

Session: Track A: Best Tall Building Award: Under 100m Part 1, 400m+ Part 1 & Non-building, Part 1

Jacob SimonsenKai-Uwe BergmannProject image

Jacob Simonsen
Director, ARC (Amager Resource Center)

Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
New York City

Originally proposed as an infrastructural project that would be a new waste-to-energy plant, the potential for the building to give back to the community offered a unique opportunity in how the structure could be used. At its highest point of 124 meters (407 feet), the sloping roof design mimics the slopes of a mountain and has become the epicenter for urban mountain sports. In winter, visitors can ski down, while in summer various activities can be done including hiking, running, and even a climbing wall. Within the plant, waste is turned into clean energy for the city’s electricity and district heating. In addition the project includes an environmental education hub, café, and restaurant as amenities for the public.

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