bjarke ingels group / BIG designs its marsk tårnet, or ‘marsk watchtower’ as spiraling observatory along denmark‘s heathlands at hjemsted oldtidspark. rising 25 meters, over 80 feet, the sculptural work of architecture will stand as the result of a joint local ambition to create a place where visitors can experience the natural beauty of the region, marsk camp. although the marsk watch tower suggests the appearance of a work of sculpture or an art object in the landscape, the observation tower invites visitors to explore its spiraling, stepped surface. the tower is inspired by a strand of human DNA, and is divided between two separate staircases — one for walking upstairs and one for walking downstairs. although separate, both give visitors sweeping and transforming views across the distant surroundings.
images courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG
the bjarke ingels group-designed marsk watchtower will be constructed in corten steel. this material is chosen for its clean and simple expression that the design team expects will appeal to the surrounding natural environment. the marsk tårnet, or watch tower, will be realized as part of a local partnership between marsk camp-gruppen. the goal of the ambitious development is to introduce to the area an exciting and experiential architectural icon that will attract tourists from all over the world to hjemsted, denmark.
project title: marsk watchtower
architecture: bjarke ingels group / BIG
location: hjemsted, denmark
client: MARSK camp
construction: HB trapper
structual engineering: AFRY
visualizations: courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG