A 12-metre-tall lattice observation tower will provide a stimulating environment for visitors as part of the development of a new ecological recreation area for Getterön nature reserve in Varberg, Sweden.
Scandinavian firm White Arkitekter won the architectural competition for the observation tower, hosted by the municipality of Varberg, Sweden. The winning proposal will form part of the development of the region’s new ecological recreation area at the Getterön nature reserve.
The brief called for an iconic structure with a viewing platform that would generate a stimulating and experiential environment. The White scheme is constructed entirely of wood, with 140 wooden ribs forming a three-dimensional woven structure. The design process was led by the hyperboloid construction principle, consisting of a lattice of straight beams that create the illusion of a curve.
The clear, hourglass form is visible from the city’s northern areas, including nearby transport nodes. Located on a flat landscape where land meets the sea, the tower will be free to access and offer uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape.
“We are, of course, very pleased that Varberg recognised that our proposal has all the qualities needed to be the future symbol of the Getterön nature reserve,” said Ulla Antonsson and Mattias Lind from White Arkitekter. “Given the ecological challenges that our society is facing, we are particularly proud to contribute to the development of a sustainable place as well as with a construction that puts people in direct contact with nature in an inspiring way.”
Construction of the scheme is expected to begin in 2021.
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