It's called Copen Hill, and it's the work of an old acquaintance of this site: the team of Bjarke Ingels that between technological cities (Woven city) and "O" -shaped skyscrapers (O-Tower) always leaves me speechless.
From foot to head it is a mastodon that in its "belly" houses an educational center, conference areas and above all a plant that transforms 440.000 tons of waste into energy every year to give electricity and district heating to 150.000 homes. Yes, sir: a waste-to-energy plant. On its summit there is a fully-fledged ski facility: ski slope, freestyle area, timed slalom course and even "easy" slopes for beginners and children.
And that's not all: the "skipass" waste-to-energy plant also hosts other attractions. A rooftop bar? Check. The cross-fit area? Check. A tree-lined hiking and walking path that is home to 7000 bushes, 300 pines and other vegetation? Check.
And the highest climbing wall in the world (85 meters, 278 feet)? Check. And the prize for the building of the year? Super check.
Where do we go skiing? On the waste-to-energy plant
The award to the ski waste-to-energy plant arrives in the last of the three days of World Architecture Festival in Lisbon. An event that also saw projects in other categories excel (Landscape of the Year, Future Project of the Year and WAFX Award).
The award Landscape of the Year went toAl Fay Park in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. The public park has over 2.000 native trees and shrubs and is designed to reduce traffic noise and heat in the bustling area of the capital.
Il Future Project of the Year, which awards projects yet to be completed, was awarded to Silo City by Studio V Architecture. He plans to transform the largest collection of grain silos in the world (located in Buffalo, USA) into a vast arts and culture campus.
Il WAFX Award, which celebrates the proposals created to face global challenges, goes to Horizon Manila, a new hub for the growth and development of the Philippine capital.
What to say?
Returning briefly to the building of the year: I don't know exactly how to interpret the approach to the waste-to-energy plant as a multifunction center. Ok the ski slope, ok the climbing, ok the attention to the experience of the "users", but it is still a waste-to-energy plant. How do you say? Is mine an ideological foreclosure? Perhaps. Maybe. Let's say that a comment on the subject by a citizen of the Terra dei Fuochi is never too rational or conciliatory. Make vobis.