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Great sustainability project - Copenhill

Sustainable projects in architecture can be trend setting. When a architect or company is given the scope to reimagine the structure or purpose of a building wonders can be achieved. The 'Copenhill project' is one of them, located in Copenhagen and officially opened in 2019. Designed by architects BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group this waste to energy plant had big ambitions.

The goal was to become 'the world's first carbon nuetral city by 2025' whilst also becoming a landmark of the city, a place people wanted to visit. With over 300,000 visitors per year coming to hike, ski, run or climb they achieved their goal. A social hub for the residents of Copenhagen to enjoy and the realisation of a #sustainableproject with a creative and fun solution.

Copenhill has scored three A+Awards in 2020 - the Popular Choice Award in the Factories and Warehouses category, as well as both Jury and Popular Choice Awards in the Architecture + Photography & Video category. A+Awards are run by Architizer which celebrates the best in architecture. The judges hail from different backgrounds, fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech.

Copenhill details:

Summit Height: 85m Climbing wall: 85m

Piste length: 450m Hiking/running trail: 500m No of lifts: 4 (3 carpets, 1 drag) Skiing Surface: Neveplast

Urban fitness: On the roof top terrace Restaurant/café: On the roof top terrace

Café/after-ski: In our ski center Ski rental/shop: In our ski center

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels sums up the plant and its impact.

“It provides a striking new urban landmark for Copenhagen and argues for a more pragmatic utopian future where environmental challenges can create the conditions for a livelier city."

Copenhill | Source:

A more detailed blog post on the construction of the building can be found on written by Eric Baldwin.


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