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Combined ski slope and power plant named WAF World Building of the Year

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CopenHill, by BIG, has won the 2021 WAF World Building of the Year prize for its inspired combination of ski slope and waste-to-energy power plant
CopenHill, by BIG, has won the 2021 WAF World Building of the Year prize for its inspired combination of ski slope and waste-to-energy power plant
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CopenHill, by BIG, has won the 2021 WAF World Building of the Year prize for its inspired combination of ski slope and waste-to-energy power plant
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CopenHill, by BIG, has won the 2021 WAF World Building of the Year prize for its inspired combination of ski slope and waste-to-energy power plant
SLA Architects won the Landscape of the Year prize for its Al Fay Park project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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SLA Architects won the Landscape of the Year prize for its Al Fay Park project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Future Project of the Year has been awarded to Silo City, by Studio V Architecture
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The Future Project of the Year has been awarded to Silo City, by Studio V Architecture
The winner of this year's WAFX Award, which celebrates proposals that aim to tackle global challenges, goes to Horizon Manila by William Ti Jr
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The winner of this year's WAFX Award goes to Horizon Manila, by William Ti Jr
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The winner of the prestigious World Building of the Year prize has been revealed for 2021. CopenHill, by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), got the nod for its inspired combination of waste-to-energy plant and ski slope. The project was recognized on the final day of the three-day World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Lisbon, during an event that also featured the announcement of the Landscape of the Year, Future Project of the Year, and the WAFX Award.

CopenHill (aka Amager Bakke) is one of those ideas that sounds crazy on paper but really does work in practice. The striking building features a facade made up of glass and stacked aluminum bricks. Much of its interior is taken up by the waste-to-energy plant itself, which BIG says transforms 440,000 tons of waste annually into enough energy to deliver electricity and district heating for 150,000 homes.

Elsewhere inside are administrative spaces, an education center, and areas for conferences, workshops and academic tours.

Up on top of the building is a ski slope, a freestyle area, a timed slalom course, and lower slopes for beginners and kids. As well as the skiing, other attractions include the world's tallest climbing wall, which measures 85 m (278 ft) in height, a rooftop bar, a cross-fit area, and a tree-lined hiking and running trail containing 7,000 bushes, 300 pine and other greenery.

Landscape of the Year

SLA Architects won the Landscape of the Year prize for its Al Fay Park project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
SLA Architects won the Landscape of the Year prize for its Al Fay Park project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

SLA Architects won the Landscape of the Year prize for its Al Fay Park project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The public park is filled with over 2,000 native trees and bushes, and is designed to reduce traffic noise and heat in the bustling area of the capital city to a calm and cool "forest-like" environment.

Future Project of the Year

The Future Project of the Year has been awarded to Silo City, by Studio V Architecture
The Future Project of the Year has been awarded to Silo City, by Studio V Architecture

The Future Project of the Year, which celebrates the best of the world's architecture that's yet to be realized, has been awarded to Silo City by Studio V Architecture. The project envisions turning the largest collection of grain elevators in the world, which is located in Buffalo, New York, into a sprawling arts and cultural campus.

WAFX Award 

The winner of this year's WAFX Award, which celebrates proposals that aim to tackle global challenges, goes to Horizon Manila by William Ti Jr
The winner of this year's WAFX Award goes to Horizon Manila, by William Ti Jr

The winner of this year's WAFX Award, which celebrates proposals that aim to tackle global challenges, goes to Horizon Manila by William Ti Jr. The project consists of a huge development that's envisioned as a new hub for growth and development for the Philippines capital.

Source: World Architecture Festival

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Hans Otto Kroeger
To be judged on the smoke, it seems the building is somewhat polluting the air...
WB1200
Looks like water vapor to me.
Emil Atik
But, Hans Otto Kroeger,it simply doesn't do that,like duh and c'mn?..lol.. Even tye arrucle itself and other more elaborated and more focused on say so?What was the meaning or the whole point to rebuild or renovate the whole plant in the first place, then?To be ever more polluting or even slightly polluting?..lol..Could you please tell me that?I don't think so a bit...Whatta you know?..🤷🤦🙂✌
Jim B
They should be burrying waste in a landfill, not turning it into air pollution that sickens and kills people.