Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Dzintaru Observation Tower in Latvia by ARHIS Architects
October 22nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ARHIS Architects
In the year 2008 the City Council of Jurmala decided to build an observation tower in the new active recreation Dzintaru Park area. The proposal of ARHIS, designed for a different location, was selected.
According to the new site, we made changes in the proposal which resulted in a tower whose upper platform reached 33,5m in height from the ground, but with the mobile communication antenna installed by LMT, measures 38m in total. The construction was finished and the opening took place in the May, 2010.
The tower’s visual appearance characterizes by a laconic, quadrilateral and elongated structure with stretched elements and randomly distributed balconies, ending with a dynamic observation “cage”.
This tower, with a metallic structure covered by glued wooden elements and black tinted railing, has a wide, metallic staircase that whirls around a squared structural core that takes us to an asymmetric platform at the very top. Along the way, 12 balconies allow us to rest and enjoy the view feeling the loneliness of the place and watch nature with squirrel’s eyes.
In this project, the wanted transparency of the tower is achieved by designing it light, providing a moderate adrenaline dose to the visitor and having the shy climber to rethink about his wardrobe before getting to the top.
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