Ring fortification information system
A robust visual language for a new recreation area
Protecting Copenhagen's history
Copenhagen's 19th century 'ring' fortification system is one of
the best preserved military installations from recent history, and
one of the first built in concrete. Yet it remains unknown to many
today and its potential for recreation and culture unexplored. This
is about to change.
A partnership between the Danish Forest and Nature Agency, the
Heritage Agency and Realdania is reviving the great fortification
ring - drawing attention to its historical importance and opening
up the different areas for a new generation.
A major part of this project is the wayfinding system designed
by Philip Egebak. These information points provide a common visual
language for the different fortifications around the city and allow
for storytelling, visitor information and directions.
Taking cues from the monumental architecture, the signs are
constructed with moulded coloured concrete pedestals that support
signage encased in polycarbonate. Supplementary wall signs are made
from engraved aluminium.
Echoing the site's military history with robust materials, they
nonetheless have a neutrality of expression that works in both
natural surroundings and the urban areas that have grown up around
some of the fortification.
Already installed in the fortifications sites at Langelinie
Trekroner, Kongelunds Fort fort on Amager and Vestvolden at
Hvidovre, they look set to raise awareness of and protect the
city's history for years to come.
Design: Philip Egebak in collaboration with
Client: The Danish Forest and Nature
Agency, The Heritage Agency and Realdania