Bostoren Forest Tower is a stunning construction set in the heart of a forested estate in the Netherlands. Taking advantage of the breathtaking views of its dramatic setting, the design is also as much about the journey as it is the destination. Designed by SeARCH Architects, the Bostoren is a fun and playful path-to-point program meant to inspire vistors as they make their way up to the forest treetops. The 30-meter tall observation tower boasts a winding path of architectural oddities that vistors can revel in before they reach the tower's 17 meter disk. The viewing platform sits high in the sky, complete with its own woods in minature.
Located on the Schovenhorst Country Estate, the building sets off an exciting journey for its guests right at the base of the tower, indicated by a brightly painted stairway. A ramp curves out of the tower and swoops around, giving a clear view of the surrounding environment before swinging back to the center columns. Visitors will find themselves at the first platform, a wood paneled room open at the end, where small holes in the panel reveal boxes filled with birds nests.
The stairs then wrap around inside and take a sudden trip straight out and back agian into the tower. Another level sits high above the forest floor, but a stable floor has been replaced by a stretchy net. Popping your head through one of the circles in the ceiling means finding yourself in the middle of a small theater, which sits below a reflecting ceiling.
The last flight of stairs leads to the top and reveals a 17 meter disk covered with trees. The platform weighs in at 480 tons, set30 meters above ground. With an equally massive concrete plate at the base of the tower holding it in place, there is plenty of space to take in the view of one of Europe’s most unique wooded landscapes.
Photographs © Michiel van Raaij