BIG’s CopenHill waste-to-energy ski slope named World Building of the Year 2021

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It doesn’t happen every day that a large piece of urban infrastructure is crowned the globe’s best new building design, but at today’s closing ceremony of the annual World Architecture Festival, one industrial facility reigned supreme over a shortlist of 200 noteworthy new buildings: CopenHill, the illustrious waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen also known as Amager Bakke, has been declared the World Building of the Year 2021.

Representing the Production, Energy & Recycling category, the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed project vastly expands the definition (and expectation) of an energy-sector facility, featuring a ski slope, hiking trail, and green terrains on its roof, sporting the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall on its vertical facade as well as hosting a rooftop bar, cross-fit area, and a viewing plateau of the city.

BIG's CopenHill waste-to-energy ski slope named World Building of the Year 2021

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj/Courtesy of WAF.

WAF Program Director Paul Finch praised the way CopenHill “addresses the role of architecture in the new world of recy…

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