Greta Uvarova. Outdoor. November 28th , 2017.
Nature has always held an abiding allure for people, offering many marvels that we strive to comprehend and conquer, or simply ponder and peruse. With intelligent thought, design and technology, engineers and architects have surmounted numerous challenges in order to provide new perspectives on nature. Viewpoints and vantage points are especially attractive design propositions. Those with unusual forms and gravity defying angles capture our imagination, affording countless pleasing views of nature’s magnificent bounty. The recent solar eclipse—a total eclipse visible within a band across the United States on 21 August 2017—was a reminder of our desire to view and observe the power of nature. The following physical viewpoints each give viewers a chance too interact with nature in different ways.
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.
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.
Still dreaming about enjoying the last bit of sunshine outside even as colors of fall take over? Few promise the extravagance, visual splendor and contemporary style of the Wave Outdoor hammock! A Royal Botania design, the Wave stays true to its name with a seemingly whimsical and wavy design that also offers plenty of protection from direct sunlight. The canopy above the swinging seat keeps out 86 percent of direct sunlight and allows you to enjoy the view outside even during hot summer days. It also helps to have some shade when a light drizzle or two rolls into town. Apart from the sheer visual grandeur that this dashing hammock brings to an outdoor setting, it also offers ample resting space for a couple and there is absolutely no shortage of comfort here. Available in colors beyond white and gray, this lovely hammock can stand the test of time and changing weather with ease and you have a durable, dynamic and flamboyant outdoor décor addition that promises to wow friends and family alike.
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