Lada Isayeva. Outdoor. November 26th , 2017.
This observation tower rises above the river Mur at the Austrian border with Slovenia. Completed in 2009, it was designed by Munich-based architectural practice terrain for the city of Gosdorf in Austria. Made of steel and aluminium, the tower is intentionally incongruous in its Styria forest setting. Visitors to the tower enjoy revolving views of nature, as they ascend and descend its double spiral stairs. At its peak, a platform rests twenty-seven metres above the ground, offering views across the treetops of the wonderful riparian forest. It would appear that Norway is a country with many vantage points. Utsikten—or ‘the view’—was designed by Oslo-based Code Arkitektur. The rather quirky triangular viewing platform perches at the top of Gaular mountain on Norway’s western coast. With its raised corners, Utsikten affords three different viewpoints.
Another Norwegian lookout, Seljord Watchtower was designed by Oslo and Bodø-based Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The watchtower was partly conceived and installed as a tribute to ‘Selma’, a legendary sea serpent living in the adjacent lake. The Seljord municipality is often visited by tourists, locals and avid bird-watchers. The twelve-metre-high tower has a periscope-like appearance and three lookout points: one at the tower’s apex, looking across Seljord lake, and two en route to the top. Also designed by Saunders Architecture, Stokke Forest Stair in Øye Sculpture Park, Norway, was completed in 2012. A clever woodland installation, the stairway provides the visitor with an elevated vantage point above the forest’s floor. The Stokke Forest Stair was transported by helicopter, and a careful analysis of the site meant no trees were felled in order to accommodate the structure.
In a way, the driveway is a physical extension of a house. It extends deep into the outdoors, creating what feels like long a platform intended for your cars. It has a beautiful sleek look and can serve as a front yard as well. This modern driveway capitalizes on clean lines, creating a breathtaking outdoor space that feels harmonious together with the simplistic house, contrasted only by the bright green grass right next to it. This home combines the design of a cute suburban house with modern features such as tall windows and vast checkered driveway. The driveway stands out with the gray look and visibly contrasts the brick built house. A luxurious villa best benefits from a driveway that serves several purposes at once; it doesn’t only lead into a parking garage but to a several entrances and the rest of the front yard as well. Who wouldn’t want to be welcomed by a big and bright driveway surrounded by palm trees every time they come home! This modern driveway truly embodies paradis. A driveway is an entryway onto your property so it has a job of making a good first impression! It should have a tasteful look, one that makes people feel the warmth of your hospitality. Synchronicity is very important if you are trying to create an exterior that leaves people in awe. Make sure your modern driveway sends the message of being a part of the house, of belonging to the home in a manner that can’t be ignored.
Sitting next to an infinity edge pool, the spacious pool house contains an informal dining space along with a full-fledged kitchen and other private spaces. The dining area flows into the terraced garden and pool deck outside thanks the use of large, sliding glass doors that seamlessly connect the interior with the outdoors. As far as the green roof itself, architects had to request the city for special permissions as existing construction and water drainage norms simply did not permit for the lovely addition. A curved wooden roof also plays into the overall schematic and cleverly hides the project’s equipment and additional support even as it allows natural light to flood indoors. Additional rainwater simply drains away from the green roof and flows to a natural creek nearby while a large fireplace provides a warm and striking focal point as the sun sets and dark Texas nights take over.
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