Triangular Viewing Platform for the Songhua Lake Resort

Beijing-based META-Project was commissioned to design a mountain viewing platform for the Songhua Lake Resort; a luscious nature reserve in the warmer months, and a ski-lodge in the winter. The platform sits atop a ski-slope at the edge of the forest, it’s unique triangular shape taking The observation platform sits atop a ski-slope at the edge of the forest. advantage of the topographical location, capturing a panoramic view of both mountains and water. The structure blends rough materiality with more sensuous forms: at a distance, the platform appears to float above the snowscape. It’s charred cedar shingles creating a dark mass against the white of the mountain. Once inside, red cedar wood paneling reflects the sunshine, creating a luminous space, rich with colored warmth. The lines of the paneling are mimicked by the wood-grain impressions in the cast-concrete sections of the building. And don’t forget to check our list of the most spectacular architectural projects world.

15 Most Beautiful Towers in The World

People have always been fascinated by the desire to reach the sky. While we don’t have wings to fly, we certainly have the brains and the skills to build towers whose tips always aspire to reach beyond the clouds. Here is a list of the 15 of the world’s most beautiful towers that have been astounding people ever since they have been built. And don’t forget to check the list of 25 most beautiful places of the world.

Observation Tower “Pin” in Phoenix

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released their most recent design project – a 420ft-high observation tower in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is renowned for its stunning natural terrain, its mountainous peaks drawing tourists in from around the world. And the Observation Tower or “Pin” allows visitors to gaze across the local surroundings with 360° views. Three glass elevators transport users to the summit from which they can descend while taking in the panoramic views either to the central level where glass elevators will take them back to the base or further down to the lowest level of the spherical volume where they will encounter the retail and restaurant facilities. Brian Stowell of developers Novawest said of the project: “This is the right place and the right time for a signature project for downtown Phoenix and we knew the design needed to be something extraordinary. BIG has delivered something exceptional, blending form and function in a way that will change the local skyline forever and will give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”