SKIVE (DK) - In 2006, C.F. Møller Architects designed a modern heating plant located close to the residential areas of the Danish town of Skive. The plant is a full-scale pilot project in the new biomass technology, and the first of its kind in the world. Apart from its function as a power station, the CHP (Combined Heating and Power) Station also offers space for demonstrations. A showroom and footbridges on various levels in the large halls allow the public to experience the technical facilities in action.
The industrial ensemble is made up of three low-rise structures and two chimneys that tower over the green surroundings. The architects' decision to create a facade with as few typical building features (doors, windows or storey divisions) as possible resulted in a simple yet intriguing utility building. The facades are clad with variously sized rectangular copper panels that create a subtle relief. Over time, the copper – now a warm, brown colour – will acquire a greenish patina, greater depth and a fine play of colour.
The robust form of the heating plant with its slowly changing exterior is expected to become a new landmark for the town of Skive. The project was shortlisted for the 2007 Copper in Architecture Award.