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WOODEN LOOK-OUT TOWER by Anton Pramstrahler + Alex Niederkofler

Anton Pramstrahler as Architects

Look-out Tower for Bruneck City Municipality

Main goal was to create a structure that integrates and correlates with the surrounding woodlands. Basically 90% of it is made out of wood. The tower should not only look like a wooden structure but also reflect nature in its form and composition.

The organic structure results from a simple geometric shape based on several different parameters. The main parameters were „golden ratio“and „linear structural elements“. In order to achieve a twisted looking design, only linear wooden beams were used at every single girder on the outer facade which then had to change its angle every two meters hight.

By simply rotating the upper and lower hexagon against their directions and changing their sizes and angles, it was possible to composite a shape that not only resembles the shape of a tree but also functions as such. Similar to a tree that uses its roots and trunk to provide the crown with nutritive substances, the large lower part of the tower acts as an inviting entrance for visitors.

After entering the tower, visitors can then experience several platforms located alongside the stairs, providing places to rest and enjoy the view.

The main platform located on top of the tower acts as a gathering place, a place to relax and enjoy an astonishing view across the whole valley in the the middle of the tree crowns of the surrounding woodlands.

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