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Ever thought about skiing on aluminium?

Michael Peter Steffen

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Ever thought about skiing on aluminium?

Like an aluminium hill, Copenhagen´s new waste-to-energy plant is rising from the flatlands, sides covered with 500 metric tons of facade aluminium, seen here during installation. Before the end of 2018, you may even get up on the roof for hiking and downhill skiing. Photo: Sipral

In the south of Denmark´s capital, an artificial hill has risen, with 500 tonnes of facade aluminium. It forms a gleaming wall around a most modern waste-to-energy plant. And on the roof: a ski slope.

Sound crazy? “Amager Bakke”– the waste-to-energy plant will have a ski slope, climbing wall and hiking trail on top. All made of aluminium.

This building by architect Bjarke Ingels shall be completed about a year from now, but it already is receiving wide acclaim from experts.

The plant will produce electrical power for 62,500 households and remote heating for up to 160,000 households

Aluminium for architects

The huge aluminium checkerboard façade with stacked planters and glazing on 200 by 86 metres is a stunning sight. Aluminium sheets in 300 (!) different measures and shapes were used in the construction phase. This flexibility provides several opportunities for architects and designers.

For example, aluminium can be used in infinite ways to give many aging skyscrapers an energetic refurbishment and visual upgrade.

The façade builder, Sipral AS from Prague, is currently working on such a large-scale skyscraper project in London – together with us.

Watch the video of how the aluminium façade was installed:

New sheet tailoring, new business

The ability to produce very small sheets is also good news for the automotive market. For instance, we are already producing round-shape sheet for fuel truck floors, which is a demanding business.

As the height of the “Amager Bakke” ski slope is increasing, so is the potential for aluminium in the construction business.

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