Constructed Geology: Lookout Point by NEXT Architects in Frisia
Client: Provinz Friesland
Architects: NEXT Architects
Location: Feanwâlden (NL)
The unique name of the tower has its roots in the late Middle Ages. Back then, a footpath connected two nearby monasteries. Many ghost stories arose about this path and the landscape it crossed. However, in the architecture of the tower, NEXT Architects and Paul Edens refer to the geological creation story of Frisia: during the last ice age, this strip of land was covered with 7.5 metres of ice, which corresponds exactly to the height of the new tower. The structure is made of layers of curved prefabricated concrete elements in four shades of grey which take up the colours of local types of stone. Moreover, they call to mind the characteristic multicoloured layers found in glaciers.
The floor plan of the tower describes an irregular oval with a double-layered exterior wall and an open inner courtyard. Between the two wall layers, a stairway – also of prefab concrete elements - winds its way up to the lookout deck. In the gravelled courtyard, visitors can admire several large boulders that were dug up during the work on De Centrale As.