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Spiraling ‘Evolver’ Viewing Platform Soars Above the Alps

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 15, 2011 @ 6:21 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | 10 Comments

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Spiraling [5] 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 [6] 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 [7]

Via Dezeen [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] ALICE studio: http://alice.epfl.ch/

[2] Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne: http://www.epfl.ch/

[3] alpine structure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/09/studio-monte-rosa-alpine-hut/

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/evolver-spiraling-viewing-structure-in-the-alps/evolver-by-alice-studios2/?extend=1

[5] Spiraling: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/16/dystopian-farm-by-eric-vergne/

[6] wooden structure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/24/worlds-tallest-wooden-building-planned-for-norway/

[7] + ALICE Studios: http://alice.epfl.ch/mission_statement_s.php

[8] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2009/09/17/evolver-by-students-from-alice-studio-at-epfl/#more-40727

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