Details of Copenhagen's dry slope emerge
Details have been emerging about Copenhill, the remarkable dry ski slope complex being built on the sloping side of a giant new Amager Bakke waste-to-energy power plant that has been built close to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.
The latest information to come out includes the fact that the whole ski slope plan was a last minute addition to the project by architects BIG as they sought something to make their design stand out from other competing to win the design contract in 2011.
The other detail surrounds the creation of an all-weather green roof or the ‘Rooftop Park’ through which the ski slope will carve its way over across its 15,800 square metre foootprint.
“The project to create an attractive and green activity rooftop park on top of Amager Bakke has been very challenging,” SLA partner Rasmus Astrup told ArchDaily, explaining, “Not only because of the extreme natural – and unnatural – conditions of the site and the rooftop itself, which put severe stress on plants, trees and landscape. But also because we’ve had to ensure that the rooftop’s many activities are realized in an accessible, intuitive and inviting manner. The goal is to ensure that Amager Bakke will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensuous city nature that gives value for all Copenhageners – all year round.”
Experts have been trialling a variety of plants to look at their ability to withstand the extreme temperature variations and other environmental factors of growing at altitude in an exposed location on a building, part of which vent heat at up to 55C.
Around 57,000 visitors are expected to ski down the plant's 600 metre long slope and climb its 886-square-metre climbing wall (which will be the tallest in the world) each year when it opens. Facilities in the area will also include a recreation area with water sports, soccer fields and a go-kart track surrounding the building. The ski slope and leisure facilities are now expected to open in September 2018.
Patrick Thorne, also known as the Snow Hunter, is an industry expert in all technical developments in snow sports. In addition to his work Patrick is also father and knows the importance and fun of kids on snow. www.thesnowhunter.com