Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects win international competition to design world’s largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen, China

Contribute to the renewable energy provision for the city

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丹麦建筑事务所SHL和Gottlieb Paludan Architects联手赢得了位于中国深圳的世界上最大垃圾焚烧发电厂项目设计权。这个巨大的能源工厂位于深圳郊区的山区,建成后每天能焚烧5000吨垃圾,能处理深圳2000万居民一年产生垃圾总量的三分之一。发电站不仅采用最先进的技术焚烧发电,还同时作为教育基地科普市民对垃圾与垃圾发展的知识。

The team of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects has won an international competition to design the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world. Located on the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen the new Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant will incinerate 5,000 tonnes of waste per day – equalling one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen’s 20 million inhabitants every year. The plant will utilize the most advanced technology in waste incineration and power generation, whilst at the same time act as a source of education for the citizens of Shenzhen.

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The winning design organizes the entire plant, including auxiliary buildings, into one circular building – breaking with the traditional rectangular layout of industrial facilities. By proposing a clear circular form, the footprint of the plant is minimised and it reduces the amount of excavation required to build on the site.

Public visitors are invited into the plant through a landscaped park, via an entrance bridge that rises between the stacks to an entrance lobby and visitor centre overlooking the plant machinery. An internal circular path and walkway circle the plant explaining each process, before leading up to a 1.5km panoramic public walkway on the roof overlooking the surrounding landscape and the city of Shenzhen.

The 66,000m2 roof is designed to be covered by up to 44,000m2 of photovoltaic panels providing the opportunity for the plant to not only provide a cleaner way to deal with the city’s waste but also contribute to the renewable energy provision for the city.

The plant is intended to showcase the Waste-to-Energy production as an important technical process that is geared to deal with the issues of growing waste, as well as the issue of finding more environmentally friendly ways of generating electricity. At the same time visitors become informed on the challenge of the growing amounts of waste we produce every day and are also educated on initiatives on how to reduce their own amount of daily waste.

Detailed design work is due to begin in early 2016, and the plant is scheduled to start operating in 2020.

Watch a video presenting the winning proposal here

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Structural Engineer: Schlaich Bergerman Partners

Client: Shenzhen Energy Environmental Engineering Ltd.

Area: 112,645m2

Competition: 2016, 1st prize, international competition

Visuals: Beauty & the Bit, Madrid and Ginsun, Shanghai

Model: JR Models, Shanghai

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