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Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands
Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 17, 2012 @ 9:57 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments
There's something so reflective about viewing nature from on high - like a plane, or in this case, a viewing tower designed by Eindhoven-based architecture firm Ateliereen. Commissioned by the Dalfsen municipality in The Netherlands, this 66 foot viewing tower clad in slim timber slats has a light steel frame and staircase.
Lacking a foundation, the observation tower has a tiny footprint . This is especially appropriate for a structure designed to harness visitors’ appreciation for the surrounding forest and the Vecht river. As visitors ascend the tower, space between the wooden slats narrows, creating a sense of intrigue as they are forced to peer through the gaps.
Finally a platform levels out at 59 feet with sloping sides that enhances the 360 degree views. A high back on the platform ensures that birds residing in the adjacent forest are protected from undue interference. Completed just this month, the viewing tower blends in with the forest , establishing a renewed connectedness between visitors and the natural environment.
+ Ateliereen 
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 has a tiny footprint: http://inhabitat.com/suppose-designs-hidaka-house-makes-the-most-of-a-small-footprint/
 viewing tower blends in with the forest: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-longest-egg-shaped-treetop-walkway-rises-in-germany/
 + Ateliereen: http://www.ateliereen.nl/projecten/uitkijktoren-dalfsen_en.html
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