Shenzhen Energy Environmental Engineering has selected the Danish team of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects to design a waste-to-energy plant in the city of Shenzhen, China.

Claimed to be the largest waste-energy-plant in the world, the facility will process 5,000t of waste a day, more than 30% of the 15,000t waste generated in the city.

The Copenhagen-based architects were selected through an international competition where they won the first prize.

This is the second project for Schmidt Hammer in China this year, after it won an international competition to design a new cultural home for the city of Shanghai, in January.

"Claimed to be the largest waste-energy-plant in the world, the facility will process 5,000t of waste a day, more than 30% of the 15,000t waste generated in the city."

Schmidt Hammer and Gottlieb Paludan designed a circular building that includes the entire waste-to-energy plant and auxiliary buildings, as against the traditional rectangular layout of industrial facilities.

According to the architects, the clear circular form reduces footprint of the plant and the amount of excavation required to build on the site.

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The plant is to be built on a 267,000m² site and will be open for public visitors, who can enter the premises through an entrance bridge connected to a landscaped park.

The visitors are led to an entrance lobby and visitor centre overlooking the plant machinery, while an internal circular path and walkway around the plant explain the processes.

A 1.5km panoramic public walkway on the roof overlooks the surrounding landscape and the city of Shenzhen.

The plant has a provision to generate solar energy as the 66,000m² roof is designed to accommodate up to 44,000m² of photovoltaic panels.

Detailed design work will begin soon and is the plant is scheduled to start operating in 2020, when it will house advanced technology in waste incineration and power generation.

Meanwhile, the new cultural home, West Shanghai Workers’ Cultural Palace, being designed by Schmidt Hammer in Shanghai, will include multiple cultural facilities such as a theatre, cinema, art and exhibition spaces, as well as office, sports facilities, commercial space, and a major transport hub, all within a new eight hectare public park.