Specification case study: Amager Bakke / Copenhill by BIG

Specification case study: Amager Bakke / Copenhill by BIG

25 Feb 2021 Specification

CopenHill is the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world. BIG searched for a way to express this into its architecture and came up with the crazy idea to combine an energy plant with a ski slope on the roof and the tallest climbing wall in the world on the corner. Bjarke Ingels sees the project as BIG’s manifestation of social infrastructure: “a piece of public utility with premeditated positive social and environmental side effects”.

Rasmus Hjortshoj

Aluminium cassettes by Spiral

The 30,000 square meters facade is made from large aluminium bricks in a checkered pattern. The 1.2 meters tall and 3.3 meters wide bricks double as planters. The facade is made up out of two layers. A concrete inner layer of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) with ventilation louvres and the outer layer of folded natural aluminium. 

Rasmus Hjortshoj

Translucent structural sandwich panels by Kalwall

In between the bricks glazed windows allow natural light to enter the facility. The panels work to vent pressure in the event of an explosion. Allowing the structure to withstand the blast without collapsing roofs or floors. In line with the project’s environmental aim the panels were developed to have exceptional thermal and daylighting performance that reduce heating costs and artificial light usage.

Rasmus Hjortshoj

Dry ski slope by Neveplast

Neveplast developed a custom surface for the 450 meters long CopenHill slope with five different color nuances.The aim was to make the slope look like a natural mountain field. By populating the roof with hundreds of indigenous trees, bushes, grasses and flowers, the landscape architects of SLA tried to turn the alpine park into a natural extension of the Copenhagen topography.

Soren Aagaard

Concrete hollow-core slabs and walls by Consolis

1,700 square meters of walls and 21,000 square meters of slabs fill the steel structure with concrete surfaces. As many of the floor slab inclinations varied, BIM was key in ensuring a seamless assembly. The BIM model provided the steel supplier with the exact location of the slabs. 

Soren Aagaard

Fire safety insulation - ProRox PS 960, Wired Matts WM 960 and WM 960 ALU by Rockwool

The Rockwool stone wool was applied around pipes and insulation walls. Its insulating properties contribute to thermal efficiency as well as protect workers from hot surfaces.

Laurian Ghinitoiu

External lighting - Platea Pro floodlight and Platea Pro wall mounted by iGuzzini

Platea Pro flood lights illuminate the slope after dawn. The lights are installed on the roof and chimney coupled in groups of five to illuminate the slope evenly and ensure visibility on the piste. 

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