Lori Zimmer

Westpol's Sunken Observation Deck Brings Visitors Chest-Deep in an Austrian Pond Without Getting Wet

by , 04/11/13
filed under: Architecture



green design, eco design, sustainable design, Vocklabruch, Austria, submerged observation deck, Westpol Landscape Architect, Roland Barthofer, submerged architecture

A winding trail leads through the landscaped greenery and down a gradual ramp along the pond’s edge. As visitors proceed down the ramp, the water’s edge becomes higher and higher, as they descend down the ramp and into the observation area. At its peak depth, the observation deck sits at about chest height on most adults, and over the heads of children, making it an even more fantastical experience for them under the pond.

A wraparound bench lines the edge of the observation deck, as well as a central circular bench, for sitting and contemplating. The deck’s floor is flush with the pond floor, but the concrete barrier allows for only a few inches of protection. Should it rain and the water levels increase, water would likely overflow into the observation area.

From afar, visitors lounging in the observation deck look as if they are wading in the water, their dry head and shoulders a shocking contrast to those who don’t know the unique deck is there. The effect is both surreal and serene, giving both visitors and observers a harmonization with the pond like no other.

+ Westpol

Via Freshome

Images © Roland Barthofer

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  1. dinothecarpenter June 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    wish I had one in my private brackish 30 acre lake with its huge 5 / 6 foot Tarpon,4 / 5 foot amber jacks and tall the other huge fish living in this lake ,sorry no fishing ever.. Only lake like it in south Florida we hand feed the fish for last 40 years ,would be nice to have them come right up to me while seeing them eye to eye,,,wow,,,Dino in sunny Miami.

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