Dutch design studio Ateliereen Architects designed a thirty-meter-high wooden observation tower inspired by the sand dunes of the Lommelse Sahara in the Belgian town of Lommel. The triangular structure is wrapped in over three and a half kilometers of rope, thus referencing the wavy lines and desert-like landscape of the area.
Ateliereen Architects collaborated with the Belgian architecture studio MaMu Architects to design a structure that would allow visitors of the popular nature reserve in Belgium to enjoy the scenery. The tower changes its form when observed from different perspectives – a quality that fits perfectly with the ever-changing landscape that is constantly being reshaped by wind.
The wooden structure is wrapped in rope that reflects the lines formed by the dunes, and features three platforms – the lowest of which extends towards the water and is accessible via a ramp. Visitors can take the stairs from this point and reach the height of almost thirty meters. Halfway to the top, they can rest on the second platform and once they reach the third, the views of the surrounding area extend all around the sandy area of the reserve. The new structure, with its natural materials and color scheme blends perfectly into the surroundings and offers a new amenity to those who visit the site in search of a place where they can relax and enjoy stunning landscapes.