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Waste-to-Energy Plant

A new Waste to Energy plant and surrounding park in České Budějovice, Czechia. The aim of the project is to create a destination that becomes an integral part of the city. Where inhabitants as well as visitors will benefit from the new waste-to-energy plant in their everyday life. By connecting the surrounding park with the roofscape of the building, a natural integration between building and landscape is formed and a new public space and viewpoint in the city is created. The transition also provides a safe division between public accessible and industrial areas, avoiding the need for fences and borders. 


The project was awarded 1st prize in two out of three themes for the invited competition, both the design of the Waste-to-Energy plant itself as well as the wider urban concept for the area. Including a new public park and urban strategy for a future development area of České Budějovice.









České Budějovice, Czechia


1st prize

Technical building

ZEVO Vráto

Hanna Johansson, Juras Lasovsky

OMGEVING, Landscape and Urban office 



Wider area  The new Waste-to-Energy plant becomes an integral part of the city of České Budějovice. The existing surrounding wetland area is transformed into a new park, with new soft infrastructure connecting the area to the city center. 
Landscape and building The new plant becomes an integrated part in the landscape. Rather than trying to hide and separate the industrial premises the proposal takes the opportunity to create a building that is giving public space back to the surroundings and the neighbourhood. 
Concept The minimal volume of the technical requirements is wrapped with a new facade. Resulting in a three leveled volume with ramps on both sides leading up to the public accessible roof. The landscape towards the park is elevated to create a safe and barrier-free access between the new park area and the roofscape of the building. With this, a clear division between industrial and public accessible areas are created without additional need of fences and borders. 


Context The proposal for the wider context presents a future development area of České Budějovice, A new diverse neighbourhood where the urban pattern is defined by the existing green areas, transforming it from a green corridor into a climate-robust backbone for the whole development. A network of cycling links connects the different areas to the park and city centre. 


A new public space The three layered volume creates a new public space in the city. Offering both more intimate spaces for recreation as well as large flexible areas for events and gatherings. The public accessible areas are clearly separated from the operational areas for the industry.  


"The more time you waste, the more space you gain"

View from the technical part of the complex  
The stepped volume reflects the requirements for maximum height and mass based on industrial technology.


View from park  From far the new waste-to-energy plant becomes a sculpture in the landscape, rising up from the ground and providing a seamless transition between landscape and building. 



Facade The idea of the facade is to resemble a fabric that is wrapped around the technology, creating a layered and soft appearance of the building volume. Perforated aluminium panels are repeated around the volume and creating a modular facade system. Behind the perforated facade four different types of build-up elements exists depending on the technical requirements - glass wall (offices), acoustic panels (where needed to absorb noise), exposed concreted (waste bunker etc) and open perforated panels for ventilation. 
Night view  At night the perforated facade can be illuminated in different ways, allowing the technology glimpse through or highlighting the paths going up to the roof. 


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