Lakeside observation platform ‘Periscope Tower’ opens in western Finland
A brand new viewing platform has opened to the public in western Finland, and it has a unique way of bringing the beautiful lakeside views to those who aren’t able to climb the stairs to see them from the top.
As its name suggests, Periscope Tower, on the shores of Lake Kyrösjärvi near Seinäjoki, uses angled mirrors to project the scenery to visitors at the bottom, so they can enjoy a similar experience at ground level.
Image by Anssi Lassila
Designed as part of a wider project to improve facilities around the lake in advance of a forthcoming housing development in the area, the stunning wooden tower was conceived by Finnish architects OOPEAA.
Speaking to Dezeen, the company’s founder, Anssi Lassila, said, "It came about as we were thinking about alternative and fun approaches to making the tower accessible to all in a way that allows everyone to enjoy the views of the scenery, regardless of any possible limitations to mobility."
Beautiful in its simplicity, the structure is constructed entirely from wood, and clad with larch battens which are spaced out to afford visitors the chance to enjoy different perspectives on the landscape as they ascend. Periscope Tower opened on 8 July to coincide with the annual Finnish Housing Fair – this year held in Seinäjoki – but will remain open to the public after the fair closes in August.