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A Danish Team Passed an Uphill Test to Deliver a Power Plant with a Ski Slope on Top

"Hedonistic sustainability." That's how Bjarke Ingels, founder of architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), describes the newest Danish waste management facility, CopenHill. Completed in October 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the facility is far from typical.At the base of the structure, also known as Amager Bakke, is a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant, capable of converting 440,000 tons of waste into energy each year (equivalent to electricity and heating for 150,000 households). At the summit is a lush recreational park, featuring a 450-meter (1,476-foot) dry ski run and hiking trail as well as an 85-meter-high (279-foot-high) artificial climbing wall, reportedly the tallest in the world.
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