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Copenhagen City Hall waste sorting 

Gottlieb Paludan Architects developed design solutions for waste sorting at Copenhagen City Hall. 

In 2018, the City of Copenhagen decided to implement a green transition of the city hall. For this process, Gottlieb Paludan Architects is responsible for designing of a new indoor waste-sorting solution.

As the waste containers will be situated in areas with a high visual impact, there is keen focus on a solution adapted to the building in a way that respects Martin Nyrop’s use of materials and details. 
A unique feature of the waste bins is the use of leather and lacquered steel which must blend in and create a noble, nature-like appearance in harmony with the wide selection of woods and variety of surfaces in the building. 
The standard solution has three compartments for biodegradable materials, plastic and other/residual waste, whereas an optional expanded version has a compartment for glass.
Standard icons are used on the waste bin lids, which are designed to facilitate easy removal and insertion of bags.
The waste bins are modular so they can be used both singly or in groups of two or three.

In addition to the new indoor solution, Gottlieb Paludan also adapted the existing waste bins in the garden.

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