Naturpark Amager

The development of Naturpark Amager activates a unique landscape habitat close to the city through clear storytelling and a subtle architecture underlining landscape qualities, functions and communities.

Seven new visitor points will in the future ensure obvious visual links throughout the park and make the protected landscape more accessible for its visitors. Together, the seven points create a chain of new destinations in the park that frames the meeting between visitors and nature. 

'The seven visitor points are very different but share a story of transformation and natural contrasts. The individual design enhances unique landscape characters and activities'

The park covers an extensive and varied area of close to 35 km². Creating coherence and visual links throughout the park is both the challenge and the potential. 

The new identity in the park strengthen the existing character by using a simple design vocabulary. The vocabulary is a versatile tool box for building in the landscape, choice of materials etc.

The design creates an easily recognizable architecture that establishes a strong identity firmly anchored in the context. The seven points are each located in a transformation pivot - from urban condition to nature or from land to water.

The transformation from one condition to the other frames the landscape and creates a new experience of nature by breaking down its enormous scale into smaller spaces and stories. 

The points will not only create new experiences for the visitors, it will also stage the landscape and provide a versatile framework for future development in the park. 

A simple architecture with visible wood constructions and large significant roof shapes covered in burned wood slates, makes the seven visitor points stand out against the grand landscape as intimate places of gathering and sharing. 

The visitor points are supported by a layer of subtle 'hints' enhancing the experience of the landscape.  

As a linking element throughout the park, the hints provides accessibility, communication and way-finding. The hints are small elements and nudges showing the way to primary activities, visitor points and further into the landscape.  

Name: Naturpark Amager
Type: Competition 1st prize
Program: Public space
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Taarnby Municipality, Dragør Municipality, By & Havn, Naturstyrelsen
Size: 35 km²
Location: Copenhagen DK
Year: 2018 - 2022
Collaborators: Møller & Grønborg, SNC Lavalin Atkins, BARK
Image credits: ADEPT / Møller & Grønborg
Team: Anders Lonka, Martin Krogh, Martin Laursen, Tatyana Eneva, Michala Lietavova, Lourna Gorak