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Floating Seasonal Observatories

Marc Van Vliet Designs a Beach Tower to Watch the Horizon

— July 13, 2016 — Art & Design
Marc Van Vilet is a designer that has put together a beach tower specifically designed to watch the seasons change by observing the natural shift in the horizon. The tower is called 'De Streken' and is located in the Netherlands in the middle of a sand flat, giving the viewer visiting the tower a constantly changing view of the surrounding depending on the time of day and where the sun is located.

The sand flats is an ideal location for an observation tower to be built, because it offers unobstructed views of the sun setting and rising. The installation makes use of the expansive landscape with a boardwalk that takes guest to a circular wooden platform out on the water. The domed shape and roofless design alters its form throughout the day, to reflect the changing landscape.

Photo Credits: designboom, theatertuig.nl
Trend Themes
1. Season-watching Tower - Designing observation towers specifically for observing the changing seasons and natural shifts in the horizon.
2. Unobstructed Views - Creating installations in locations with unobstructed views of the sunrise and sunset.
3. Roofless Design - Designing domed-shaped structures with roofless designs that alter their form throughout the day.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore the design of observation towers that enhance the experience of observing the changing seasons.
2. Tourism - The tourism industry can invest in locations with unobstructed views to attract visitors interested in experiencing the beauty of nature's shifts.
3. Outdoor Events - Event planners can create unique experiences by incorporating roofless, domed-shaped structures that reflect the changing landscape.
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