Making a murky underworld a sustainable statement

Kerry Boettcher
Friday 08 May 2015

Denmark’s largest sewage pumping station sets new standards for how to create large-scale sustainable utilities solutions

CF Møller have designed Denmark’s largest sewage pumping station, which will set new standards for future creation of similar large-scale sustainable utilities in Danish cities, where the best operational conditions are combined with safe and inspiring working environments. 

The new state-of-the-art pumping station replaces the original 1901 structure, and is closely integrated into its dense urban surroundings. The distinctive new layout creates overall architectural coherence between new and old and between the city and its infrastructure. The architects had to overcome significant challenges such as the many constructional and technical constraints, the location of the historic plant, the limited site space and the many sub-installations, all of which made demands on the architectural expression. 

Sustainability was at the core of the design. With green roofs, which harvest rainwater and two characteristic 24 metre tall pressure towers, the new pumping station will be an independent counterpart to the historic building. The architects explained that the round shape reflects an ‘underworld’ whose circular geometry is an expression of the layout of the underground pumping well.

Two circular gardens which also harvest rainwater, reflect the shape of the towers and will sit to the north and south of the pumping station, serving as recreational and relaxation areas for the employees. These green zones help to minimise the overall paved area.  

Kerry Boettcher

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