Dorte Mandrup’s Arctic whale watching facility will “grow out of the landscape”

Dorte Mandrup has released visuals of The Whale, a viewpoint for whale watching that will resemble a giant rock outcrop within the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Norway. The Whale has been designed by Danish studio Dorte Mandrup to blend in with coastal landscape near the town Andenes, which is one of the world’s […]

Visitor centre occupies thin concrete bridge over wetland park in China

A visitor centre designed by Trace Architecture Office for a park in Rongcheng, China, is a long and thin concrete bridge complete with a lighthouse-like viewing tower clad in wooden shingles. Called Bridge House, the centre is located to the north-east of Swan Lake Park, Shandong Province, where it faces out onto the wetland landscape […]

JCPCDR Architecture’s tiny timber pavilion invites walkers to “pause and observe”

A small elevated viewpoint projects from this tiny house-shaped pavilion, which JCPCDR Architecture has built for hikers to observe Lake Annecy in France. Named L’Observatoire, the pavilion is nestled below the trees on a secluded mountainside site in Giez. It was designed and built by Parisian studio JCPCDR Architecture with local fir wood. Though it […]

Vector-I Architects installs pair of viewpoints on Dutch dyke to highlight rising sea levels

An Ode To Manmade Land is a pair of viewpoints designed by Vector-I Architects on a man-made dyke at the Lauwersmeer National Park, in the Netherlands. Created in collaboration with local artist Lambert Kamps, the two structures are designed to give views across the artificial landscape and to “provide new perspectives on rising sea levels”. Called The Viewing Dyke […]

Snøhetta cantilevers viewpoint from mountain overlooking Innsbruck

A cantilevered viewing platform is one of 10 architectural elements made from weathering steel that Snøhetta has created for the Perspektivenweg walking trail in the Austrian Alps. Snøhetta designed the series of architectural interventions for a walking trail in the Nordkette mountain range above the town of Innsbruck, Austria. Named Perspektivenweg, which translates as Path of Perspectives, the […]

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