Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has completed a waste incinerator and power plant with laser cut façade that is backlit to look like burning flame.

Located in the Danish city of Roskilde, the Energy Tower incinerates waste materials from local municipalities and select international locations to generate electricity and heat power for the surrounding region.

The plant’s inner structural core provides a climatic barrier that has been enveloped by a second façade skin, composed of umber-hued aluminium plates dotted with laser cut circular holes.

Programmable lights concealed behind the aluminium façade reflect off the inner surface and back through the perforated skin, softly illuminating the tower at night.

“Several times an 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,” explained van Egeraat.

Van Egeraat won an international competition in 2008 to design the power plant with his proposal for a structure that is sensitive to the flat landscape of the Roskilde area, as well the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral.

Courtesy World Architecture News