The thought of building an urban ski resort on top of a waste incinerator may seem abstract. But that is nonetheless what Copenhagen has done by topping an energy plant with an artificial ski slope. The award-winning project is set to open this week.
Copenhill is the name of the city’s new epicenter for urban mountain sports, which may very well also become Copenhagen’s new sustainable landmark. Here at 85 meters above ground, locals and tourists can engage in a string of outdoor activities, while simultaneously, the green waste to energy plant below them is converting waste to inexpensive, green district heating and electricity for the capital area.
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Copenhill is located on Copenhagen peninsula of Refshaleøen, which is an old industrial area transformed into one of Copenhagen’s newest neighbourhoods and home to a thriving food scene and a cluster of creative office spaces. In addition to the many recreational activities on offer, Copenhill can also be used as a venue, accommodating up to 1,000 people.