Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Most Amazing Observation Towers

Canton Tower (China)

IBA's Canton Tower is a superbly futuristic building that currently wears the crown of China's tallest tower. Engineered by Arup, the twisting skyscraper represents a culmination of architectural beauty and technical brilliance. Situated on the edge of the Pearl river, this structure spirals up to 600 meters high, and its perfect hourglass shape attracts visitors from all over the world. The rooftop has an outdoor public observatory 488 m (1,601 ft) above the ground, which takes the form of a terraced elliptical space roughly the size of a small city square. It is currently the highest and largest outdoor observation deck in the world. Sixteen transparent "crystal" passenger cars, each with a diameter of 3.2 m (10 ft), are able to carry four to six people, traveling on a track around the edge of the tower's roof and taking between 20 to 40 minutes to circumnavigate the rooftop.

Baumwipfelpfad Observation Tower (Germany)

High altitude walkways grace Baumwipfelpfad, the most popular attraction in the national park of Bavaria, the largest protected forest in Central Europe. The total length of the structure is 1300 meters and its height is 25 meters. The track ends with a dome and a spiral staircase that leads to the observation deck. 

 Daewon Park Observatory (Korea)

Korean architect Changki Yun designed this observation tower for the city of Seongnam in Korea. The Daewon Park Observatory was an entry for a competition but could not win.

 Wind Turbine Observation Tower

Designed by Architect Michael Jantzen, the Wind Turbine Observation Tower is a futuristic power generation concept. It seeks to eliminate the poisonous coal-based electricity generation with something that is much cleaner. The super power turbine features five wind-activated segments, all of which rotate in different directions to produce electricity. The structure is also meant to serve as a public space with an observation tower allowing people to walk about and view the surrounding landscape as well as the magnificence of the tower itself. The best part is the electricity generation by the power turbines. This will also be used to illuminate the building at night, making it stand out as a landmark in the area.

 River Mur Observation Tower (Austria)

This observation tower by Munich office Terrain, Loenhart & Mayr rises over the river Mur at the Austrian border with Slovenia. The aluminium-clad structure's staircase curls back on itself at the top, forming a double spiral so that visitors on the way up pass those on the way down. 

Phoenix Observation Tower (US)

Copenhagen and New York-based architecture studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has designed a 420 ft tall mixed-use observation tower to serve as a symbol for the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Located in downtown Phoenix, the 70,000 sq ft Observation Tower shall add a significant structure to the Phoenix skyline. You can enjoy the city's spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and dramatic sunsets from here. Phoenix-based developer Novawest commissioned the team to create a destination attraction to provide both tourists and citizens of Phoenix the chance to enjoy the unique features of the Valley of the Sun. 

 ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower (England)

The crazy, twisting ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower in London with spiraling red steel tower provides views of the Olympic Park. It was engineered by Cecil Balmond, and sponsored by ArcelorMittal, a sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a leading global steel company. The tower, which is both a structure and a work of art, has been constructed out of 60% recycled steel and reaches a height of 114.5 meters.

Näsinneula Observation Tower (Finland)

The Näsinneula observation tower is the tallest free-standing structure in Finland and the tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries, reaching a height of 168 m. Also, flying past in the foreground is the Tornado inverted coaster. 

 Seljord Lookout Point (Norway)

Tourists around the world visit the famous Lake Seljord in an attempt to catch a glimpse of her. In 2008, the town decided to capitalize on the lore by building a lookout tower for visitors to use. Designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, the Seljord Lookout Point is made completely of wood and provides a new way for visitors to experience nature.

 Bamboo Observation Tower (Amazon)

British architects Marks Barfield have designed a research centre for the Amazon Jungle with a bulging bamboo observation tower and over six miles of treetop bridges. The centre would allow both researchers and tourists to survey the rainforest canopy from above. Local bamboo would be used to construct the tower, which is designed as a series of off-center circular decks that are linked by a spiralling central staircase. 

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