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Amager Bakke

SLA's design of a green rooftop park for Copenhagen's new waste-to-energy plant combines hiking trails, playgrounds, vantage points, climbing walls and street fitness - along with a 500+ meter ski slope designed by BIG. All of it created within a wild and sensuous mountain nature with plants, rockscapes, 7000 bushes and 300 trees. The experimenting use of the steep pitched roof, places high demands on the plant and landscape design. With SLA's solution, the challenges have been solved through a range of nature-based design solutions and 1:1 tests of vegetation and materials. The planting is specially chosen to meet the challenging living conditions and create optimal micro climate and wind conditions. The result is a lush and robust nature design that provides the visitors with the opportunity to use the park all year round and a sensuous and varied environment for all the activities of the park.

Danish newspaper Politiken gave Amager Bakke six out of six possible hearts in its review in October 2019.


The project won the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2020 Awards and Scandinavian Green Roof Award 2019.


The UN's Special Envoy for Climate Action and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen visited the project in May 2019 - to see a leading example of Denmark's actions against climate change.

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Site Copenhagen, Denmark
Service Park design, landscape design and urban space design
Client Amager Resource Center (ARC) and Fonden Amager Bakke
Area 35,000 m2 nature park and landscape. 41,000 m2 building
Design 2016-2017
Realization 2018-2019
Partners BIG, CopenHill, MOE, Malmos Landskaber, Rambøll



"Amager Bakke’s nature roof park and hiking trail invites locals and visitors to traverse a mountainous landscape of plants, rockscapes, 7000 bushes and 300 pine and willow trees atop the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant. It also acts as a generous ‘green gift’ that will radically green-up the adjacent industrial area. Copenhill becomes the home for birds, bees, butterflies and flowers, creating a vibrant green pocket and forming a completely new urban ecosystem for the city of Copenhagen."

Rasmus Astrup, Partner in SLA