A Power Plant x Ski Slope

Say what?

Leave it to BIG — the internationally renowned architecture firm based in Denmark (and previously featured on GWHH) — to mix a power plant with a ski slope.

In a new interview with Dezeen, firm founder Bjarke Ingels likens the firm’s design approach to an “architectural game of Twister”, which is how they arrived at putting a ski slope twice the length of Sochi’s half-pipe as the roof for a new power plant.

Ingels cites the cleanliness and efficiency of the plant’s operations, featuring completely non-toxic smoke emanating out of the chimney, will make the “science-fiction idea” of the ski slope roof possible.

It’s really going to transform people’s perception of what a public utility building should be. There is this world-changing element in architecture, that once you’re done, now that’s how the world is. When you started it was a crazy idea, now it’s just how it is.

Bjarke Ingels

Another inspiration behind the plant x ski slope design? How about Denmark’s goose egg in Sochi Winter Olympics medals? Yup! Ingels remarks with a smile, “Some people might have noticed that Denmark got zero medals in Sochi. We hope to contribute to improving that situation by actually giving the Danes a home slope where they can practice.”

Phenomenal, outside-of-the-box idea from a firm that’s as abstract there is. I can’t say I’m not surprised either being so familiar with BIG’s body of work. My mind wandered in two directions: 1. The Simpsons need to do this to the Nuclear Power Plant so we can see Homer ski into work. And 2. What other hybrid possibilities can BIG do? For example: who wouldn’t want to ride a water slide into a fire department? To BIG: I’m available. E-mail me.

(Dezeen‘s full interview is below, accompanied by images in the gallery.)