Gallery: Spiraling ‘Evolver’ Viewing Platform Soars Above the Alps

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The limited views offered by the structure are not meant to detract from the scenery, but instead help the viewer focus their attention on distinct areas.

Spiraling a total of 720 degrees around, the Evolver takes visitors through a series of arches that wind up around and down, offering a stunning view of the surrounding scenery. As you walk inside the wooden structure the panorama evolves, rises and falls, opening up new views with each step. In total, 24 round wooden frames make up the bones of Evolver, while wooden slats add structure and support.

Located next to the Lake Stelli at 2536 m (8,320 ft), Evolver serves as both a destination, an activity. and a pavilion for visitors to the Zermatt area looking to take in nature. It is beautifully constructed – a simple building made from a single material. The limited views offered by the structure are not meant to detract from the scenery, but instead help the viewer focus their attention on distinct areas.

+ ALICE Studios

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  1. samson09 October 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Guys….I’m a first year Landscape Architect student and your design is totally amazing and inspiring. This gives me something to aim to. Think you have raised the standard by a mile.


  2. OlyS July 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Wow. I have to say if I traveled all the way to the beautiful Alps and caught sight of this unwelcoming and crude structure I would be really upset. There should be laws against this.

  3. imshandon December 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Lets see is I have this right……..Man goes out into the middle of the beauty of nature.builds ( ugly I might add ) a man made structure so we can enjoy the natural view it is occupying….? What a deal.Sounds like our congress.

  4. Joel Linn October 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    SPIRAL of goodness & wooden DESIGN complexity! This CREATION makes you want to hang out — and IN.

    From Page: “Evolver is an architectural artefact intervening on the panorama surrounding Zermatt. It was designed and executed by a team of 2nd year students from the ALICE Studio at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In an effort to take full advantage of the site’s extensive and astounding views, the project sits strategically next to the lake Stelli at an altitude of 2,536 m (8,320 feet).

    Evolver’s structure mainly consists of a succession of 24 rotating frames supporting an enclosed space that visitors are encouraged to enter. As he or she progresses through the space, a concealed but uninterrupted 720° movement is unraveling along a transformed panorama.

    This transformation occurs while inside a person is moving along a selective string of openings only to be caught peeling off a sequence of unexpected views from the original landscape.

    Wobbling below and above a distant horizon, ground and sky have been reorchestrated into an orbiting panorama by a journey that has already culminated to where it started: A loophole on the skyline.”

  5. adri October 8, 2009 at 1:09 am

    evolver’s movie :

  6. adri October 8, 2009 at 1:09 am

    evolver’s movie link :

  7. doc_victory September 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I agree. What can be more beautiful than nature itself?

  8. davidwayneosedach September 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Zermatt in summer is one of my most favorite vacation destinations. I can’t wait to try out this new structure! They should go to Saas Fee next!

  9. Selinah September 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Sorry but that is a rather ugly structure to
    mar such serene natural surroundings – how about
    just standing outdoors to take in the unmatched 360
    degree view! Sad!

  10. Shropshire Architect September 21, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I love the open visual quality of this structure.

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