For sustainable society


A large landfill project using multiple environmental technologies

“Holmene,” the largest landfill project in the Scandinavian region, has been announced for Hvidovre, a satellite town of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

This project is designed to meet various community needs such as production activities using non-fossil energy, and a vast expanse of natural land accessible by everyone.

The local architecture office URBAN POWER was responsible for visual materials, videos, as well as coordination with local government, engineers, and external advisers for this ambitious development project.

This region used to be rich in wild fauna and flora. However, as large-scale landfill development was carried out in the 1960s to meet the needs of massive industries, the once nature-rich area became a bland-looking industrial landscape. 50 years on, it still looks to be in further demand as a factory area.

Holmene will be surrounded by flora, and consist of nine islands that accommodate various industries. The largest of these islands develops environmental technology, and runs the largest waste-to-energy plant in Scandinavia.

Bio-waste and gray water generated by 1.5 million people who live in the region are processed for conversion to clean water, resources, and bio-gasses.

By combining thermal storage, windmills, and other environmental technologies, the project looks to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 70,000 tons a year, and produce non-fossil energy in the order of more than 300,000 MWh, which is the equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 25% of the population of Copenhagen.

These islands are set to become a model example of co-existence with nature.