An artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area built on top of a new waste management centre is due to open this Autumn in Copenhagen.
With a 278-foot-high artificial climbing wall, a 600-meter ski slope full-service restaurant, and an après-ski bar surrounded by tree-lined hiking trails, Amager Bakke, otherwise known as CopenHill, is set to be both an entertainment space as well as a waste-to-energy plant.
The new power plant–which turns solid waste into electricity through incineration–has been online since March 2017. The plant’s new technology aims to help Copenhagen reach long-term carbon goals and become a beacon for tourism and education.
While the huge wedge-shaped facility generates power by incinerating waste, the park atop its roof will provide a lush green space that is open to the public. Designed by SLA Architects, CopenHill is touted to bring biodiversity to the area, as the vegetation planned for the roof will attract birds, bees, butterflies and insects that will disperse seeds and spread pollen around the surrounding district.
Visitors will even be encouraged to add new plants and trees, using seed bombs, while enjoying spectacular views of the Danish capital when the entertainment park opens.
CopenHill or Amager Bakke is one of the steps towards Copenhagen’s goal of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral capital. In additon to the rooftop park, CopenHill has also been designed with a huge chimney that blows a smoke ring. Smoke rings will be emitted and be visible to Copenhageners every time 250 kilos of carbon dioxide has been released into the atmosphere.
CopenHill is slated for release this Autumn. An official opening date has yet to be confirmed.
CopenHill expects to receive 57,000 visitors in its first year, many eager to see its much-lauded ski slope, as well as the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall
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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea