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Incineration Line in Roskilde / Erick van Egeraat

  • 01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Incineration Line in Roskilde / Erick van Egeraat
© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +34

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

From the architect. With the new waste-to-energy Incineration Line, the city of Roskilde in Denmark will have a second towering landmark, besides the UNESCO world heritage Cathedral: The Energy Tower designed by Erick van Egeraat. The facility was inaugurated by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik on September 2, 2014.

Section AA - Artist impressions produced by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV. © All rights reserved
Section AA - Artist impressions produced by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV. © All rights reserved

The plant will incinerate waste, from nine surrounding municipalities and from many places abroad to produce electricity and heat power for the whole region of Roskilde. To provide the huge new incinerator line, planned in a relatively flat landscape and next to the relatively small city of Roskilde with a suitable appearance, an international design competition was organized. In 2008 the jury unanimously selected the design proposed by Erick van Egeraat. The design presents an iconic expression for the otherwise functional architecture of the local waste management company Kara/Noveren’s next generation incineration line. The façade consists of two layers: the inner layer is the skin which provides the actual climatic barrier, allowing the second skin to be treated more freely - raw umber-coloured aluminium plates with an irregular pattern of laser cut circular holes. The aluminium plates are treated to give them the desired colour and patina at day time. At night, the programmable lighting, installed between the two facades, gives the building an additional metaphor.

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

Erick van Egeraat states about his design:
‘‘At night the backlight perforated façade transforms the incinerator into a gently glowing beacon – a symbol of the plant’s energy production. Several times an hour a spark of light will gradually grow into a burning flame that lights up the entire building. When the metaphorical fire ceases, the building falls back into a state of burning embers.’’

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

For the illumination of the façade it was important that only the light and not the light sources themselves are visible. This has been realized by reflecting the light on the inner façade, which allowed the light glowing decently through the perforated skin. All luminaries can be programmed individually and in colour. Nevertheless the lighting is not intended to brighten the sky or dominate the surroundings, but rather serves to underline the buildings’ industrial character and above all to give it poetic meaning and experience at night.

Incineration Line in Roskilde / Erick van Egeraat, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

The design is based on simple construction details combined with cutting edge manufacturing technology for the production of the aluminium façade panels and clever processing and repetition. Due to its large scale, the incinerator is destined to become an outstanding structure in the wide and open landscape of the Roskilde area and represents a hypermodern and sustainable energy plant, where waste will be turned into power.

South Elevation - Artist impressions produced by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV. © All rights reserved
South Elevation - Artist impressions produced by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV. © All rights reserved

The new incinerator in Roskilde is created specifically to add value to an otherwise purely industrial complex. Enriching the skyline of this small Danish city, once the Danish Capital, the silhouette of the incinerator also provides an historic comment. The lower part of the building resembles angular roofs of surrounding factories, but the impressive 97-meter spire and its materialization is the modern counterpart of the city’s prime historical monument, the Roskilde Cathedral.

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

Erick van Egeraat:
“Although almost 1000 years apart, the Cathedral’s twin towers made of warmly coloured stone and brick ánd the new iconic glowing incinerator, have now together become the novel guardians of the city’s otherwise modest presence in the Skagerrag landscape. Of course I am proud of that”.

Plan 04 - Artist impressions produced by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV. © All rights reserved
Plan 04 - Artist impressions produced by (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV. © All rights reserved
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Incineration Line in Roskilde / Erick van Egeraat" 04 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/544175/incineration-line-in-roskilde-erick-van-egeraat/>
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Lars Paisley · September 04, 2014

This project has changed the expression of the city of Roskilde from a former capital of Denmark and center of religious power, in short a city with a strong history, with a majestic church as focal point, to a random rural settlement with an incinerator in the shape of a head-less hen as major point of interest.
Wellcome to the 21st century you might say. Maybe, but what a poor time where professional architects demonstrate such complete lack of sense of place - not least the architects own...

Insomniamaniac · October 31, 2014 02:30 PM

Having an incinerator that powers the city is obviously a fantastic idea, but one way or another the 90 foot exhaust spire is going to dominate the skyline. I can see this going down in three different forms.
1. Keep it plain. Basically a white/grey spire. Keep it look industrial. This would probably look like a source of pollution to uninformed passersby.
2. Make a statement. Basically something similar to Egeraat's design. Represent something new and high tech, while creating something cool to look at.
3. Probably the worst, mimic the existing church towers. Hey there's two towers on the church, and we have two spires on the incinerator, let's give it a neo-classical skin.
None of these are really win win. When a large new building with a specific, high-tech purpose goes up in a historic city it always sparks arguments. I think this is one of the better solutions.

Neill Dronsfield · September 24, 2014 07:29 PM

I disagree completely with Mr Paisley. I cycled in from Copenhagen and saw the power station first and then the cathedral. They're both fabulous bits of architecture, but the cathedral feels pointless now, there were only Japanese tourists there. And you wonder why waste all that brick on something that only has lies and illusions to offer anyone who goes in. Whereas the power station actually keeps people warm and alive. And whereas the cathedral is tucked away and out of site, the power station is beside the main road so that everyone can see it everyday. Well done to the people of Roskilde who decided to turn power generation into art for the people.

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