Aarhaus, Denmark–based Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (SHL) and Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA), in Copenhagen, Denmark, are the winners of the International Architectural and Landscape Design Competition for Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant, commissioned by Shenzhen Energy Environmental Engineering, in China. The plant, located in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, will be largest of its kind in the world, according to a press release.
The proposed 267,000-square-meter (2,873,964-square-foot) facility will be capable of incinerating 5,000 tons of waste per day. That's the equivalent of one-third of the yearly waste produced by the 20 million inhabitants of Shenzhen. Breaking away from customary rectangular form of industrial buildings, SHL and GPA opted for a more efficient and sustainable concept by designing a circular structure. Its non-traditional shape requires less extensive excavation work, minimizing the building's carbon footprint. Adding to its environmentally conscious approach, nearly three-fourths of the plant's 66,000-square-meter (710,418-square-foot) roof will be topped with solar panels.
Visitors to the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant will learn how the plant operates and how they can cut down on their individual waste. Additionally, an interior circular path that leads to a 1.5 kilometer panoramic roof walkway with views of the city allows visitors to experience the project's full magnitude.
SHL and GPA aren't the only firms working on a waste-to-energy plant that is clear in its environmental, social, and economic goals. In 2010, Bjarke Ingels Group won an international competition to design the Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is still under construction and will feature a rooftop ski slope and rock climbing wall on one exterior facing.
Work on the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant is due to begin early this year, and has an anticipated completion date of 2020.