Camp Adventure Forest Tower: Unique Nature Experience

EFFEKT

Architects: EFFEKT
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Year: 2019
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST

The iconic 45-meter tower, located one hour south of Copenhagen, is the first of its kind in Scandinavia. It will be the centerpiece in a unique nature experience, bringing visitors closer to nature and offering a new perspective on the Scandinavian boreal forest.

The setting is the historic Gisselfeld Klosters Forest – a glacial woodland characterized by rolling hills, seasonal streams, lakes, wetlands and meadows – providing a changeable landscape experience that is influenced by the rich bird life and the changes from one season to the next. The installations feature a 900-meter elevated boardwalk zig-zagging in and out between the trees, culminating in a 45-meter tower with a 650-meter-long spiraling ramp through the interior, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and nature.

On opening day, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen led the ribbon-cutting ceremony and made his way up the tower to the observation platform overcoming his well-known fear of heights. He expressed great admiration for the project, which has great potential for strengthening tourism to the area and putting South Zealand on the map.

The business developer at Camp Adventure, Kasper Larsen, commented:

“It is a great day for Camp Adventure. It has been a long, challenging process from the original inception of the idea to where we are today. But we are proud to say the result has by far overcome our expectations. We are thrilled to offer this truly unique experience on our grounds, and we look forward to sharing this experience with our future visitors.”

The idea behind the elevated boardwalk leading to the tower is to make the forest accessible to everyone without disrupting the natural environment – a habitat for a wide variety of species living in harmony with nature. To achieve this, the tower was constructed from weathered steel and locally sourced oak to blend in subtly with the surrounding natural context.

Nature provides the real experience. We just made it more accessible and offered a series of new and alternate perspectives,” says Tue Foged, partner at EFFEKT Architects.

“The tower is shaped to enhance the experience of the visitor, shunning the typical cylindrical shape in favor of a curved profile with a slender waist and enlarged base and crown. This allows for better contact with the forest canopy moving up through the tower,” Foged continued.

The spiraling ramp to the observation deck also benefits from the hyperbolic shape. While keeping a fixed gradient, the geometry and spacing of the ramp fluctuate according to the changing curvature. The ramp becomes a sculptural element that makes the journey to the top a unique experience of shifting intimacy, while offering step-free access to all visitors.

Camp Adventure’s Tower will offer a unique nature experience not found anywhere else in Scandinavia. The tower’s top platform is 140 meters above sea level and the highest accessible point in the whole of Zealand. In clear weather there is an unobstructed view over 50 km to Copenhagen and Malmo in the north and the rugged Southern Zealand manor landscape to the south and east.


The Forest tower and boardwalk opened to the public on March 31, 2019 and received more than 2,500 visitors on the first day of business.

Prior to its completion, the Forest Tower won a host of awards including the German Design Council Award (winner of Best of Best in the Concept category), the 2017 ICONIC Award (Winner of the Visionary Architecture category) and South Coast Denmark’s Best Tourism Initiative in 2018.