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Velká Deštná lookout tower

Office
architekti.in
Rybkova 23, objekt 24, 60200 Brno
www.architekti.in
Autor
Ing. arch. Lukáš Svoboda, Ing. arch. Tomáš Jurák
Coauthors
Václav Kočí, Jan Martinek, Adam Michna, Andrea Chroustová, Vít Gerhard, Veronika Kavková, Zuzana Šarmanová, Petr Kříž
Address
Deštné v Orlických horách
Královehradecký kraj
Project started
11/2014
Realisation finished
2019
Project overview
The primary inspiration for the design of the lookout tower atop Velká Deštná was the local climate. As the name of the mountain implies, rain here is both frequent and abundant. Wind is the second characteristic feature of the local conditions. Rain drifted by wind thus emerged as the chief visual and aesthetic motif of the design and the architectural intention was to materialise rain in its various forms. Streams of rain are transformed into the rod elements of the lookout's structure, while the changing directions of wind-driven rainstorms are reflected in the directions of the elements that cross its walls. The airiness, transparency and openness of the walls' structure allow all elements and weathers into the interior of the tower, resulting in continuous contact with the surrounding natural world. The top platform is completely open, with nothing to interfere with the exceptional panoramic view, allowing visitors to enjoy the freedom of the landscape and perceive its natural beauty in a broad context. After the climb to the top, visitors can fully experience a feeling of freedom or even euphoria. In unfavourable weather conditions, when it will be impossible to appreciate the long-distance views of the landscape, the lookout tower itself, or the ascent to its top, will remain an interesting goal. The transparency or closeness of the individual walls constantly varies depending on the viewing angle in a reference to the rapidly changing local weather. Wind and rain, the elements that determined the look of the tower are represented by symbols located at both its extreme ends: a windsock is exposed to the strongest gusts of wind on the topmast, while a raindrop-shaped bench is located at the lowest point, where the water naturally falls.
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