Lonely Planet Writer

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.

Finland's Periscope Tower
Finland’s Periscope Tower Image by  Anssi Lassila

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.

The tower has a unique way of showing the beautiful lakeside views.
The tower has a unique way of showing the beautiful lakeside views.
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.

Those at the tower base can also enjoy the views from an angled mirror.
Those at the tower base can also enjoy the views from an angled mirror. Image by Anssi Lassila

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.”

The prefabricated tower offers views across the water for those able to climb up to the balcony deck
The prefabricated tower offers views across the water for those able to climb up to the balcony deck Image by Anssi Lassila

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.