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Stunning observation tower runs rings around Danish forest

Stunning observation tower run...
Camp Adventure Tower rises to a height of 45 m (148 ft)
Camp Adventure Tower rises to a height of 45 m (148 ft)
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Camp Adventure Tower is reached by a 900-m (almost 3,000-ft)-long zigzagging pathway through the forest
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Camp Adventure Tower is reached by a 900-m (almost 3,000-ft)-long zigzagging pathway through the forest
Camp Adventure Tower rises to a height of 45 m (148 ft)
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Camp Adventure Tower rises to a height of 45 m (148 ft)
Camp Adventure Tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and more
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Camp Adventure Tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and more
Unlike the somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is navigated via a long ramp, rather than stairs
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Unlike the somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is navigated via a long ramp, rather than stairs
Trees grow at the center of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Trees grow at the center of the Camp Adventure Tower
The Camp Adventure Tower is made from weathering steel, which has a rusted effect
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The Camp Adventure Tower is made from weathering steel, which has a rusted effect
The Camp Adventure Tower's ramp walkway is 650-m (2,130-ft)-long
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The Camp Adventure Tower's ramp walkway is 650-m (2,130-ft)-long
The Camp Adventure Tower consists of 650 tons (580 tonnes) of steel
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The Camp Adventure Tower consists of 650 tons (580 tonnes) of steel
The Camp Adventure Tower's walkway is made from local wood
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The Camp Adventure Tower's walkway is made from local wood
Camp Adventure Tower rises to a height of 45 m (148 ft)
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Camp Adventure Tower rises to a height of 45 m (148 ft)
Unlike the somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is navigated via a long ramp, rather than stairs
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Unlike the somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is navigated via a long ramp, rather than stairs
Camp Adventure Tower is located in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, about an hour's drive south of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Camp Adventure Tower is located in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, about an hour's drive south of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Camp Adventure Tower's top offers 360-degree views of the area
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The Camp Adventure Tower's top offers 360-degree views of the area
Construction on the project began back in May, 2018, and was completed this March
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Construction on the project began back in May, 2018, and was completed this March
Camp Adventure Tower is located in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, about an hour's drive south of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Camp Adventure Tower is located in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, about an hour's drive south of Copenhagen, Denmark
Shot of the Camp Adventure Tower's steel framework
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Shot of the Camp Adventure Tower's steel framework
Camp Adventure Tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and the like
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Camp Adventure Tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and the like
The Camp Adventure Tower is reached by a 900-m (almost 3,000-ft)-long zigzagging pathway through the forest
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The Camp Adventure Tower is reached by a 900-m (almost 3,000-ft)-long zigzagging pathway through the forest
The Camp Adventure Tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and more
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The Camp Adventure Tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and more
Top-down view of the pathway leading to the Camp Adventure Tower 
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Top-down view of the pathway leading to the Camp Adventure Tower 
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower
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Construction photo of the Camp Adventure Tower

Nestled in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, about an hour's drive south of Copenhagen, Denmark, is a large new observation tower constructed from steel. The elegant structure, named Camp Adventure Tower, provides visitors with 360-degree views of the unspoiled landscape.

Designed by Effekt Architects, with Arup providing engineering expertise, the Camp Adventure Tower rises to a total height of 45-m (148-ft)-tall and is reached by a 900-m (almost 3,000-ft)-long pathway that zigzags through the forest. The tower is part of a larger outdoor experience that includes ziplines, treetop climbing, and more.

Unlike Heatherwick Studio's somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is ascended using a 650 m (2,130 ft)-long ramp, rather than stairs. The architects were also keen that the focus was on the natural landscape.

"Nature provides the real experience," says Tue Foged, Partner at Effekt Architects. "We just made it more accessible and offered a series of new and alternate perspectives. 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 to the forest canopy moving up through the tower."

Unlike the somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is navigated via a long ramp, rather than stairs
Unlike the somewhat similar Vessel, in New York City, the Camp Adventure Tower is navigated via a long ramp, rather than stairs

Structurally, the Camp Adventure Tower consists of a 650 ton (580 tonne) steel framework that has a rusted look, and wood, including locally-sourced oak. The build site was chosen because an existing gravel road was available to help bring in materials without unduly disturbing the forest floor, though a small temporary road was required too.

Construction on the project began back in May, 2018 and was completed this March.

Source: Effekt Architects

4 comments
McDesign
Hum - look like they could have channeled Leonardo and made concentric up and down ramps.
piperTom
In the first pic (in the article), no one is on the tower. In the second pic, there are lots of people... all going up. Everyone is going up; no one is going down! What kind of horrible thing is eating them at the top?!? I guess the top pic was taken after people learned there was no return. No return.... :-(
owlbeyou
The surface area at the top should have been larger, but otherwise it's a brilliant design. The gentle slope of the ramp makes it accessible even for people in wheelchairs, and they need a good 'dose' of nature as much as any of us.
Huntsecker
Went to this few months ago, it's actually quite impressive from the top. Also thought it was quite a nice feature to have a tree growing on the inside of it too.