Waste-To-Power Incinerator Cathedral In Denmark Wows

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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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