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Roskilde Competition, Denmark : New Incineration Line

Danish Architecture Competition – winning design by Erick van Egeraat

11 Oct 2010

Roskilde Incineration Line – Building News

The board of KARA/Noveren have signed a contract with Erick van Egeraat for the realization of their new Roskilde incineration line.

Roskilde Incineration Line
image © EEA

Erick van Egeraat won the design-competition for this incinerator in 2008 (see further down this page) with his proposal to embrace both the historic and industrial heritage. The building’s form is shaped to reflect the angular factory roofs of the immediate surroundings, culminating in a 100 meter tall spire.

Due to complete in 2013, the facility will process a large part of the local waste. This process produces both electricity and heating for the Roskilde district. Erick van Egeraat’s client, KARA/Noveren, is Denmark’s leading waste to energy supplier.

Waste to energy transition is regarded as one of the environmentally-friendliest methods of creating heat and energy. The new incineration-line 6 will use the latest techniques and have a processing capacity from 260,000 to 350,000 tons per year. This will generate an output of electricity for around 60,000 households each year.


Roskilde Building Competition – Erick van Egeraat Win

Dutch Architect Creates Glowing Icon in Denmark

Rotterdam, 7 May 2008 – Dutch Architect Erick van Egeraat has won the international competition for the design of a new incineration line in Roskilde, Denmark. Local waste management company Kara/Noveren sought an iconic expression for the otherwise functional architecture of its next generation incineration line. Due to its large scale, the incinerator is destined to become an outstanding structure in the wide and open landscape of the Roskilde area. After its completion in 2013, the facility will produce both electricity and heating for the Roskilde district.

Roskilde Building
image © EEA

“I want to engage Incineration Line 6 in a dialogue with its historic and industrial surroundings. Close to the ground we shaped the building to reflect the angular factory roofs of the immediate surroundings,” says Erick van Egeraat. “We then let the building culminate in a 100m tall spire. This spire pays the due respect to the existing historic landmark, Roskilde Cathedral, with its trademark twin spires and its warm brick and stone material palette.”

Laser-cut circular openings cover the raw umber-coloured aluminium façade. At night, backlighting of the perforated façade transforms the incinerator into a glowing beacon, symbolising the energy production inside the facility. For a few minutes every hour a spark gradually grows into a blazing flame eating up the entire building. The metaphoric fire then ceases, and the building falls into a state of burning embers.

In order to fulfil the technical requirements for ventilation, wind and water tightness, the façade is composed of two layers. The inner layer provides all necessary openings for daylight and air-circulation. This liberates the outer layer from functional requirements and allows for flexibility in the patterning.

“Our design rests on standard, readily-available products and simple construction details. We use cutting-edge manufacturing technology to minimise the production costs of the façade and the eye-catching lighting scheme uses standard, energy-efficient fittings”, explains Erick van Egeraat.

The jury backed the design unanimously: “… with unique and powerful expression through surprising simplicity and [offering] a great experience value for the spectator from close and far. This is the right statement for the new building of Kara/Noveren.”

The other participants in the competition are NL Architects, Cubo Arkitekter A/S, Holm & Grut Arkitekter A/S, SITE A/S Arkitekter and Arkitektfirmaet C.F. Møller A/S.

Roskilde Architecture Competition images / information from Erick van Egeraat

Erick van Egeraat Buildings

Location: Denmark, northern Europe

Architecture in Denmark

Danish Architecture Designs – chronological list

A Roskilde building design on e-architect:

Design: MVRDV / COBE
image from MVRDV
Rock Museum Roskilde

Another Roskilde building on e-architect:

Roskilde Incineration Line

Sorø Buildings

Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sjælland, east Denmark
Design: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Sorø Art Museum
photos : Jens Lindhe
Sorø Art Museum

Danish Architecture Offices

Copenhagen Architecture

Danish Architecture Competition

Bagsvaerd Kirke by Utzon Church

Denmark Architecture – Selection:

The Heart in Ikast, Vestergade, Ikast, Jutland, western Denmark
Design: C.F. Møller Architects
The Heart in Ikast Jutland
photograph : Adam Mørk
The Heart in Ikast

Cold War Museum at Nordjyllands Historiske Museum, Røde Møllevej 22, Skørping, Rold Forest, Jutland
Design: AART architects with SLA, Niras and Thøgersen & Stouby
Cold War Museum Rold Forest Jutland - Denmark Architecture News
image courtesy of architects office
The Danish Cold War Museum in Rold Forest, Jutland

Hedorf Kollegium
Design: KHR arkitekter

Danfoss Universe, Als
Design: J. MAYER H.

Copenhagen Opera House
Design: Henning Larsen

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