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Waste-To-Power Incinerator Cathedral In Denmark Wows

Interested in seeing a somewhat different approach to the design of a power plant’s appearance? Well, look no further — the Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat has got you covered.

The Dutchman’s relatively recently completed waste-to-power incineration facility in Roskilde, Denmark, certainly catches your eye. Whether or not that’s a good thing is probably an open question, though, and more a matter of taste. But, speaking for myself, it’s nice to see something a bit different in the rather repetitive urban landscapes of the world’s industrial cities.


The facility is now working to convert significant amounts of waste to electricity and heat, via incineration — incinerating up to 260,000 to 350,000 tons of waste per year, using the “most up-to-date techniques/technologies available.”

Van Egeraat was contracted to design the facade of the facility by the Dutch Board of Waste, and the energy supplier KARA/Noveren, all the way back in 2008, via the winning of a competition created for the purpose.

Reportedly, the design is meant to showcase the historic and also the industrial heritage of the surrounding region and country. At full capacity, the waste-to-power facility generates enough electricity to power around 60,000 households.

Commenting on the design, Erick Van Egeraat stated: “It is a contemporary cathedral, close to the ground we shaped the building to reflect the angular factory roofs of the immediate surroundings. We then let the building culminate in a 100 meter tall spire, which is an articulation of a fascinating and sustainable process in creating energy.”


Something else noted by Van Egeraat — the design of the facility makes for a very interesting sight when seen against a dark sky.

Any of our readers in the area?

Image Credit: Erick Van Egeraat

via InhabitatErick Van Egeraat

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


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