Even for the diehard urbanite, the adoration and spiritual connection we feel toward nature as we’re enveloped in it truly can’t be beat. Sometimes, though, it can be a little overwhelming to take it all in at once. (Who would have known that many trees could exist in one place?) So, some of us like to experience the moment one snapshot at a time, ruminating and reflecting on every inch of green space and open sky.
Image via Dezeen, photo by Ross Campbell
"The Lookout" provides us with just that. Designed and built by architecture students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler, The Lookout sits within the landscape, both physical and invisible depending on your closeness to the structure. Likewise, the structure both frames and reflects Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in Scotland.
Images via Dezeen, photos by Daniel Tyler
With a budget of less than $7,000, the duo built this post, as part of the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative in collaboration with the park, out of an African hardwood called frake, mirrored stainless steel, and birch ply. The result is a reflective, hollowed out cubic box, a room with framed views of the surrounding lochs. Inside are two benches: one with a single seat, and another for two.
Images via Dezeen, photos by Ross Campbell
The Lookout provides a meditative space to sit and view nature, while at the same time, remaining only minimally invasive to the rest of the park goers. The exterior surfaces create shifting reflections that help give the structure an invisibility cloak of sorts. Framed views or not, The Lookout provides an alternative means of becoming one with nature without disrupting the preservation and adoration of a place that is simply beautiful.