These beautifully designed sound-amplifying structures take the noises of the surrounding Estonian forest and turn them into the soundtrack for meditation, reading or quiet contemplation.
The megaphone-shaped wooden pods, called 'ruup,' are situated in Estonia's Voru country and were designed by interior architecture students at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The three sound-amplifying platforms were created as a locale for library-style public engagement. They provide shelter for those who wish to pause in a hike or come to the pods specifically to read, write, imagine and think, but they can also be used for gatherings of young students to learn about nature or even host small public performances and concerts.
The sound-amplifying constructions are an exemplary model of a public space that brings nature and people into harmony, with limitless potential for community and individual use.
Photo Credits: designboom, artun.ee