Liam – August 28, 2017
The only thing better than a healthy debate among intelligent people on any given topic is to be unequivocally right. And that’s why, lately, I’ve been doing my darndest to find a way to bring up the topic of Danish ingenuity in almost every social setting I’m in.
I’ve written about this before. There’s the Danish way of creating a bike-friendly society by becoming the first official bike city in the world, and there’s that whole make beer from your pee thing. But it’s my latest finding that proves for certain that the Danish people are the best at making really cool stuff that, in many cases, improves our lives.
This, of course, includes The Danish Home. This bit of ingenuity was unique at the time of its founding, and especially so considering that The Danish Home was conceived and developed almost exclusively by women—something that was far from commonplace in late 19th century America. And, hey, I’ve written about that, too. Yes, I am unabashedly proud—and impressed—that my ancestors have done all they have done. So let’s get to this new thing.
It’s called the Treetop Experience. Located an hour south of Copenhagen in the preserved forest of Gisselfeld Kloster, it was built as part of the forest’s adventure park, Camp Adventure, and it gives one an opportunity to rise above the forest canopy and view a majesty of natural wonder. From the top, nearly 150 feet above the ground, visitors can see lakes, creeks, wet lands and miles of thick forest. And that’s pretty amazing. Who doesn’t like a good view? But that’s not even the coolest part.
This is: The Treetop walk is a winding ramp that’s about 2,000 feet long, so on the way to the ultimate view, you are constantly taking in a changing penultimate view. From the forest floor, through the trees and up, up, up. When you rise with nature like this, you can truly appreciate its fantastic beauty. And because it’s a winding ramp, it is accessible to all people. This is the kind of ramp that makes the authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act weep with joy and hyperventilate with excitement.
Built of maintenance-free corten steel, which blends in naturally with the surroundings, and more than 7,000 Danish oak boards making the ramp, it is shaped like an hourglass. This hyperbloid shape increases the stability of the tower and the observation area at the tippy-top. It is the perfect example of form and function coming together.
I’m telling you, the architects of this thing thought of it all.
Speaking of which, The Treetop Experience was designed by EFFEKT, an architectural collaborative based in Copenhagen. If you’re not brushed up on your Danish, effekt translates to impact in English. It’s an appropriate name, too, because The Treetop Experience recently made the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival Awards in the Leisure-led Development category.
The only drawback to this remarkable experience is that there’s no word yet of when it will open to the public. For now, it’s just an idea. But an idea that further proves that the Danes continue to advance the human experience.