The Galyateto tower, the tallest lookout tower in Hungary, provides unparalleled views of the second highest peak of Matra mountain. It also offers hikers a cozy space to rest during long hikes across the country. Hungarian architecture firm Nartarchitects reconstructed an existing tower using reinforced concrete and a steel stair system that winds its way up the volume.
The Galyateto lookout tower is located in the center of the 1100-kilometer (683-mile) long national tourist route which passes through northern Hungary . It is meant to accentuate Matra mountain’s peaks and natural beauty. Built on top of an existing structure, the addition merges old and new materials to remain in harmony with the neighboring stone quarry and surrounding landscape.
The architects kept the outer wall of the existing structure and added a top level built from reinforced concrete. The inner core of the extension comprises three bivouac shelters illuminated with natural light that penetrates the facade through colorful circular windows.
Lead photo by Tamas Bujnovszky