Erick van Egeraat: Dreams Turn Reality in Roskilde

Here is a symbolic moment in the realization of the Erick van Egeraat’s new incinerator in Roskilde. Recently the top section of the tower was lifted to its position. The iconic incinerator is a hypermodern and sustainable energy plant, where waste will be turned into power.

See in the video above how work in Roskilde progressed rapidly and how the incinerator will transform into a glowing beacon at night time.

In 2008 the jury of the international competition for the Incineration Line No 6 in Roskilde selected the design proposed by Erick van Egeraat unanimously. The facade of this building is made in two layers; the inner layer is the skin which provides the actual climatic barrier, allowing the second skin to be treated more freely; raw ember-colored aluminum plates with an irregular pattern of laser cut circular holes. The aluminum plates are treated to give them the desired color and patina.

Erick van Egeraat states about his design;

“At night the backlight perforated facade transforms the incinerator into a gently glowing beacon - a symbol of the plant's energy production. Every hour a spark of light will gradually grow into a burning flame that lights up the entire building. When the metaphorical fire ceases, the building falls back into a state of burning embers.’’

Erick van Egeraat's incinerator in Roskilde is created specifically to add value to an otherwise purely industrial complex. Enriching the skyline of the small Danish city, the silhouette of the incinerator also provides an historic comment; The lower part of the building resembles angular roofs of surrounding factories, but the impressive 100-meter spire and its materialization is the modern counterpart of the city's prime historical monument, the Roskilde Cathedral. With its twin towers and warmly colored stone and brick, the Cathedral and the iconic glowing incinerator also have become the new guardians of the city's otherwise modest presence in the Skagerrag landscape. The plant will incinerate waste from nine municipalities and produce electricity and heat power for the whole region of Roskilde.

About Innovative Architect Erick van Egeraat

Born in 1956 in Amsterdam, Eric van Egeraat is a Dutch architect. He is based in Rotterdam, but is particularly active in both Russia and Germany. From 1983 until 1995,  he was part of the architecture bureau Mecanoo, together with Francine Houben and other architects.

Some of his other notable works include:

Experimental housing project at the International Garden Show in Stuttgart in 1993

The new Dynamo Stadium (Moscow)

Milanofiori Masterplan Milan, Italy

Drents Museum Extension Assen, the Netherlands

ING Headquarters Budapest Hungary

Erick van Egeraat Tower, Zuid-As Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Find more information about Erick van Egeraat and his innovative architecture on his official website at:

Source: Designed by Erick van Egeraat

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