Prior to the opening of an artificial ski slope on the Amager Bakke waste to energy facility in Copenhagen this summer, Swedish freestyle skier, Jesper Tjäder, was allowed to test the new “mountain” at The Audi Nines event, showing off a series of freestyle obstacles and stunts.
Copenhageners can now ski on the roof of the waste to energy plant, saving themselves a trip or two to the mountains in Sweden or Norway or to the Alps, thus improving their personal carbon footprint.
“This building made it so easy for me to figure out what to do for this project,” said Tjäder. “It’s not really about what tricks I do. It’s skiing down a building that’s the cool thing.”
In the film, alongside Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjäder, the project’s architect Bjarke Ingels answers the question of how ecology, economics and social responsibility can come together in a playful way in a world of increasing urbanisation.
It was Ingels who breathed life into the Amager Bakke municipal waste toenergy plant in the Copenhagen district of Christianshavn with his philosophy of ‘hedonistic sustainability’.
From the refuse of Copenhagen’s citizens, the hybrid plant produces district heating for 60,000 households a year. In addition, more than 30,000 houses are supplied with electricity. And: under the project name ‘Copenhill’, Amager Bakke has become a local recreational area with hiking trails and a 500 metre-long artificial ski slope high above the Öresund Strait.
Jesper Tjäder’s antics, and Bjarke Ingels explanaition of the project can be viewed below.