A revolutionary new project in Copenhagen has turned a waste-to-energy plant into a 95,000 square metre tourist attraction, featuring a building envelope containing Kalwall.
Located on Amager island, the Amager Resource Centre incorporates a ski slope into the roof, walking trails and a rock-climbing wall up one face. All this builds on the island’s reputation for extreme sports enthusiasts, thanks to its parks, beaches, dunes and lagoon for kayaking and windsurfing.
Nicknamed Amager Bakke, or Amager Hill, the 100m building will incinerate more than 435,000 tons of waste per year and serve approximately 140,000 local households.
Given the potential dangers of such a massive operation, Kalwall® translucent cladding has been used extensively – not just for its aesthetics and energy efficiency but also for its excellent explosion-venting and blast-resistant properties.
Kalwall can be specifically designed to be the weak point in the building envelope in order to relieve pressure should an explosion occur, which reduces the risk of damage to the primary structure and the occupants.
The panels work to vent pressure out of the building, meaning it can it withstand an explosion without collapsing roofs or floors.
The panels are designed to release from their mounting system, but remain attached to the side of the building to avoid becoming falling debris.
In addition to the safety aspect, Kalwall also provides substantial savings in energy consumption. The even distribution and deep penetration of light through Kalwall means less artificial lighting is needed, which in turns reduces energy costs.
Furthermore, its exceptional thermal performance and insulating properties lowers heating costs.
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