The final designs for one of 2018’s most awaited and challenging projects have been revealed: the new Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant Rooftop Park, a community park that will be built on a waste-to-energy plant rooftop in Copenaghen.
Copenhagen recycling company Amager Resource Center and architecture firm SLA, of Denmark, have designed a 16,000 sqare-meter site with combined ski slope, a community park and rooftop activity landscape on the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant rooftop.
The activity park, which will be completed in September, will include hiking trails, playgrounds, street fitness, trail running, vantage points, climbing walls and shelters and about 500 meters of ski slopes.
SLA partner Rasmus Astrup said in a statement that creating the park was challenging, “not only because of the extreme natural — and unnatural — conditions of the site and the rooftop itself, which put severe stress on plants, trees and landscape, but also because we’ve had to ensure that the rooftop’s many activities are realized in an accessible, intuitive and inviting manner.”
“The goal,” he said, “is to ensure that Amager Bakke will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensuous city nature that gives value for all Copenhageners — all year round.”
The rooftop’s nature is designed to attract and shelter a wide selection of birds, bees, butterflies and insects, which in itself will mean a dramatic increase in the biodiversity of the area. And utilizing natural pollination and seed dispersal will mean that we can spread the rooftop nature to also benefit the adjacent industry area, parking lots and infrastructure. In this way, Amager Bakke will function as a generous ‘green bomb’ that will radically green-up the entire area.