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USVA viewpoint // AD HOC ARCHITECTURE

Russia

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The viewpoint is located 5 km from the village Usva along the river. It offers views of the “Usvinskie Pillars”, 120-meter cliffs that drop vertically to the water. The famous Devil’s Finger is a freestanding rock towering 70 meters above the massif.
The location and orientation of the viewpoint coincide with the visual axis on the Devil’s finger, while not violating, but complementing the natural context.

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Also, this location is the first point from which a view of this attraction opens. The object is located at a slight elevation from the river so as not to disturb the ecosystem that has developed here.
The complex shape of the viewpoint platform creates interesting scenarios of movement in space and opens up new perspectives on natural attractions.

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At the entrance, tourists are greeted by an information plate with a welcome inscription and a route map to the rocks. Closer to the water there is a bench to admire the views, relax and drink tea. The portal of the site not only allows you to hide from the rain or hot Sun, but also accentuates the view of the Devil’s finger.

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The ramp is a kind of amphitheater allowing you to climb inside under the roof, which is an allegory to the nearby Stolbovoy grotto. The design of the observation deck is made in such a way as to create the feeling of floating above the ground and consist of a metal structure covered with wood.

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The plasticity and dynamics of the lines reflect the energy of a mountain river in a monomaterial shell.
The architecture is designed to complement nature and make the stay of tourists more comfortable. Being a synthesis of culture, architecture with high aesthetic qualities and natural attractions, the tourist route will bring even more emotions and impressions to the visitors of the Permsky Park.
The name “Alpha” symbolizes the beginning and is the designation of the flat corners that are present in the geometry of the object.

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Also, the plan of the viewpoint resembles the spelling of the letter α.
This viewpoint is a unique object that has a vivid personality as well as the place where it is located. It is the starting and ending point of the route to the rocks.This is the first stop on the Salty Ear (https://www.salty-ear.com/) tourist route.Follow us: @ad_hoc_arch.

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