An international competition to design a 5000 tonne per day waste to energy plant in Shenzhen, China – the largest in the world – has been won by a pair of Danish architect firms, Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.
Located on the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen the new Shenzhen East Waste to Energy Plant will incinerate one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants.
According to the designers the plant will utilise the most advanced technology in waste incineration and power generation and, at the same time, act as a source of education for the citizens of Shenzhen.
The winning design organises the striking looking entire plant, including auxiliary buildings, into one circular building - breaking with the traditional rectangular layout of technical facilities.
By proposing a clear circular form the footprint of the plant it was said that the excavation work required to build on the site is reduced.
The architects said that visitors will be invited into the plant through a landscaped park, via an entrance bridge that rises between the stacks to an entrance lobby and a visitor centre overlooking the plant machinery.
An internal circular path and walkway circle the plant presenting each part of the process, before leading up to a 1.5km panoramic public walkway on the roof overlooking the surrounding landscape and the city of Shenzhen.
The 66,000 square metre roof is designed to be covered by up to 44,000 square metres of photovoltaic panels providing the opportunity for the plant to produce even more renewable energy for the city.
The design team said that the plant is intended to showcase the waste to energy production as an important technical process that deals with the issues of growing amounts of waste, as well as the issue of finding more environmentally friendly ways of generating power.
At the same time visitors will learn about the challenge of the growing amounts of waste and how to reduce their own daily waste output.
Detailed design work is due to begin in early 2016, and the plant is scheduled to start operating in 2020.
An animated video explaining the plant’s construction can be viewed below.
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