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 Bysted A/S

Client: The Danish Forest and Nature Agency, The Heritage Agency and Realdania

Date: 2008-2010