Filsø Visitor Center

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Filsø Visitor Center

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Filsø Visitor Centre is part of an ambitious nature restoration project initiated by a private foundation. The centre offers parking, a viewing platform and a visitor centre.

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Access to restored nature

Filsø near Henne Strand on Jutland's west coast was once one of Denmark's largest lakes. The lake was drained in various projects between 1852 and 1951 to create new agricultural land. In 2011, the Aage V. Jensen's Nature Foundation bought the area to bring it back to its natural state and recreate the large lake as a recreational area for the benefit of the general public, local residents and tourists. The visitor centre offers general information about the area and its wildlife and functions as a gateway to the restored nature area. The building is regularly used as an outdoor laboratory and educational facility for local schools.

High-class simplicity 

The entire project consists of an access road, a visitor centre, a viewing platform and boardwalk, and a car park. From the car park, there is direct access to a short elliptical boardwalk bridging into the restored lake and providing a panoramic view of the area. Adjacent to the elliptical boardwalk and pathway is a small semi-open building with storage space, toilets, and a heated meeting room with kitchen facilities. The building offers space for resting and staying under a roof and is regularly used as an outdoor laboratory and educational facility for local schools. Together, the pavement, boardwalk and building form an integrated welcoming gesture guiding visitors around the small site. The project is one of ten ‘Places in the Landscape’ supported by the philanthropic association Realdania.

Key facts

  • Location

    Recreated lake at the west coast of Jutland

  • GPS points

    N55° 42’9.89’’ E 8° 12’29.99’’

  • Protection Framework

    Danish legislation

  • Estimated number of visitors

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  • Low season

  • Project Owner

    Public/Private - The Danish Nature Agency and Aage V. Jensen’s Nature Foundation.

  • Designer

    Designed by Schønherr Landscape Architects in collaboration with Cubo Architects and Niels Riis.

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  • Materials

    Concrete, steel, timber, and glass

  • Grants

    Awarded by The Danish Arts Foundation in 2021