Naturpark Amager

The development of Naturpark Amager activates a unique landscape habitat through clear storytelling and a subtle architectural palette that underlines landscape qualities, functions and communities.

A new series of visitor points will ensure visual links throughout the park and make the protected landscape more directly accessible to its visitors. Together, the visitor points create a chain of new destinations in the park that frames the meeting between visitors and nature.

'The 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 and sense of place 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 visitor points are each located in a physical transition zone - from urban condition to nature or from land to water.

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

Archaic volumes with visible wood constructions and large significant roof shapes covered in burned wood slates make the visitor points stand out against the grand landscape as intimate places of gathering and sharing.

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

As a linking element throughout the park, these 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: LYTT, SNC Lavalin Atkins, BARK
Image credits: ADEPT / Møller & Grønborg, Morten Aagaard Krogh (photos)
Team: Anders Lonka, Martin Krogh, Martin Laursen, Tatyana Eneva, Michala Lietavova, Lourna Gorak, Camilla Klingenberg, Jens Arnár, Sylvester Michaelsen