COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has announced that it’s been selected to design a new waste-to-power station on the outskirts of Copenhagen. In an attempt to unify an industrial area and residential housing, the project will turn the vast roofing expanse of the power station into an Alpine ski resort. Skiers will begin their downward journey from the top of the smokestack, which will also pump out smoke rings every time a ton of carbon dioxide is produced to remind citizens of the impact of power consumption.
Formed as a 90-meter mountain, the hi-tech plant will be wrapped in a white plastic shell, allowing sports enthusiasts to enjoy the fun of a year-round ski-slope without having to invest in expensive equipment to keep out the cold. A contest to design the replacement for the 40-year-old furnaces was won by the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, partly because of their innovative suggestion.