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This Danish Forest Is Getting a Spiraling Treetop Walkway


The soaring structure will provide 360-degree views over the forest canopy.

Hikers and Instagrammers take note: Plans for a sweeping, treetop walkway have been unveiled for one of Denmark’s forests. Situated within Gisselfeld Klosters Skove, a preserved forest an hour south of Copenhagenin Haslev, the 1,969-foot pathway will wind itself up and around stooping pine trees, eventually taking visitors some 148 feet above the ground to guarantee bird’s-eye views of lakes, creeks, cliffs, and wetlands.

Designed by local architecture studio EFFEKT for the forest’s adventure park, Camp Adventure, the structure is a sort of High Line for nature lovers. Visitors will make their way to the pear-shaped structure via twirling pathways and bridges—at one point passing an aviary—before ascending a spiraling ramp towards the observation deck. Once up there, visitors will be treated to panoramic views of the forest canopy from morning through sunset (although the forest is privately owned, it’s open to the public during the day). Currently dubbed ‘The Treetop Experience,’ the continuous ramps that make up the route have been split into two sections: The high walkway will take you past some of the forest’s oldest trees, while the lower one will make its way through the younger areas, which include fledgling saplings.

Not for the faint-hearted: ‘The Treetop Experience’ will take visitors 148 feet above the ground.

The design is not dissimilar to Thomas Heatherwick’s recent offering, ‘Vessel.’ Slated to open in New York City in 2018, the British architect’s $150 million public stairway is arguably the urban counterpart to Denmark’s incoming treetop walkway: Comprised of 15 floors, it’s set to soar 150-feet high with a maze of interconnecting staircases that take you up and above Manhattan’s Hudson Yards. And like Heatherwick, EFFEKT is no stranger to innovative feats of architecture. The firm is currently working on projects that range from an urban fish farm that will transform polluted waters and provide Danish restaurants with fresh seafood; a residential development in Bratislava, Slovakia that resembles an Alpine Valley; and a terraced landscape of parks spanning the roof of an inner-city high rise building.

As of now, there’s no word as to when the treetop walkway will materialize, but hopefully it’s in time for the highly anticipated opening of René Redzepi’s Noma 2.0. A long walk ascending to the heady heights of Denmark’s pine trees seems like a good way to burn off what is bound to be one of the world’s most innovative—and eco-conscious—menus.

Source: Conde Nast Traveler