Five towers will soon loom over the Khao-lak Lamru National Park in Thailand, evoking powerful, mountainous forms created by the same tectonic forces that brought an end to so many lives on December 26th, 2004. Overlooking the nearby beaches which were hit hardest by the tsunami, visitors will be able to wind their way up into two of the structures, where they can not only reflect on those tragic events, but understand the cause of the disaster- and what’s being done to prevent it from happening again. Clad in a skin of greenery, the largest of the towers houses a hollow space for contemplation, occupied only by a large mangrove.

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