4 mountain viewpoint buildings, excessive above the city of Rokytnice within the Czech Republic, present spectacular platforms from which to soak up the densely forested slopes and valley under. The sentinels stand watch on the Stráž mountain, or Strážník, as soon as a regional look-out for these tasked with detecting approaching enemy forces.
A household of 4 mountain viewpoint buildings
The 4 new guard towers have a fortunately peaceable temporary. Designed by Jan Mach and Jan Vondrák’s studio Mjölk (additionally see the studio’s glass cabin challenge), with enter from Pavlína Müllerová, the buildings have been formed to symbolise 4 types from Rokytnice’s coat of arms, every in flip representing the 4 villages that got here collectively to initially type the city: the Fox, the Bear, the Sheep, and the Miner.
The challenge’s origins date again to 2014 when the studio constructed some stopping factors alongside the mountain trails. Initially, the municipality needed a ‘basic lookout tower’, however this was ultimately tailored into 4 metal buildings strung alongside a path following the mountain ridge. Every metal type is made up of a package of components that could possibly be transported up the mountain and assembled with out the usage of heavy equipment.
Deep metal anchors, drilled 8m into the rock, maintain the 4 lookout factors in place. They share the identical architectural particulars, from the oak cladding panels to the black-painted metal handrails and stainless-steel mesh guardrails.
Every construction visually evokes its namesake. The Miner is probably essentially the most dramatic, a towering presence that’s reached by traversing a footbridge. Unsurprisingly, the identify references the area’s mining previous, in addition to being the image of the village of Rokytno. Overlooking the Jizera valley, The Miner is sort of a determine standing alone above the panorama.
The Fox is cantilevered out throughout a ridge, sat atop a rocky outcrop with a spectacular view to the city under. The image of the village of Františkov, the construction represents the animal’s lengthy ‘physique’, with an enormous tail that stands out into the valley.
The Sheep is ready deep within the woods, as if it has ‘wandered onto the Stráž from the meadows of Horní Rokytnice’, You’ll encounter this construction on the path to The Miner. Raised up on 4 legs and accessed from a central ladder, the platform takes you up into the bushes.
The Bear is extra strong, tucked away within the woods above a rocky outcrop, and representing the village of Dolní Rokytnice. A hefty construction with stable, ursine legs, it makes a great place from which to look at the native wildlife.