Monday, December 06, 2010

tower in a field

The text of this project is all in Czech, which we are unfortunately not fluent in [yet], but the images say plenty by themselves. What we can gather, it is a "Tower on a Hill" located in a field near the town of Židlochovice, Czech Republic and designed by architect Pavel Jura.Constructed entirely of Acacia lumber and galvanized steel, it seeks no other function other than revel in the surrounding landscape, and as much of that landscape as the eye can possibly see. A crude English description is part of the images captured below, so please excuse the shortcomings of the translation.

"The tower is proposed on a regular plan of thirty acacia wood columns. The circular ground plan corresponds to the topography of the site with an equivalent view in full 360 ° circular profile also provides rigidity to the horizontal wind load."

"Each of the acacia poles is composed of several planks, whose number reduces as the column height decreases. Thinning of the structure corresponds to the reduction of tension in the material, loaded from the most massive pedestal to the crown of the tower - the subtle elements of the balustrade without load. Thinning of the structure follows the winding up of the internal spiral staircase, while climbing the tower with views gradually opening up - from nearly closed base, to open top level."

"The internal staircase procedure confirmed the building's presence - each step is made of planks from a console supporting pole. Dimensional spiral interlocking brackets which strengthen the structure, and defines the internal space above the illuminated free kernel. Spatial stiffness is gathered from the circular cross section (as well as barrels in the cellar at the bottom of the hill), as well as steel hoops, complete with wooden braces between the columns."

"The aim was not looking for a new, or necessarily any other similarly modern architecture - the advertising slogan "Please come - see what you've already seen" remains with variety-show entertainers. It was neither to exhume historical or any other referenced architectural forms - from the final of the building one cannot expect more than the picture of the principles used in the construction."