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We got tons of it. Tons and tons of garbage. Why not burn it? I think besides the whole stigma attached to the word ‘burning’ it’s really a pretty good idea. We burn coal. We just don’t think of it s burning- it’s energy production.

© Erick van Egeraat

The winning design by Erick van Egeraat for the new Roskilde Incinerator-line 6 in Roskilde, , brings together historical and heritage into an iconic facility which upon its completion will suppoy power to some 60,000 households each year. The architects describes the project with the following-

It is a contempoprary , 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 100 meter tall spire, which is an articulation of a fascinating and sustainable process in creating energy”

© Erick van Egeraat

So the building is an incinerator. There probably aren’t many typologies that are cooler than incinerators. I mean as far as a concept. In the US, these things are designed by engineers and are not beautiful. This burning machine is housed within laser cut walls of raw umber-coloured aluminum, creating a ‘box-within-a-box’ of sorts, enabling the outer layer to be free and largely serving to the aesthetic purposes. At night this facade is backlit, symbolizing the energy embodied within. And every hour, for a few minutes, the glow wells up to a blazing flame of light filling the entire building. And then it goes out; back to smoldering embers.

© Erick van Egeraat

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