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Icosis Architects create stargazing lookout tower in the Scottish highlands



This cylindrical, larch-clad observation tower was designed by Icosis Architects to provide an elevated vantage point over picturesque bogland and night skies in Scotland (+ slideshow).

The Forsinard Lookout Tower is located at the Dubh Lochan peat bogs in Sutherland, which form part of the Flow Country ? the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe.

Edinburgh-based Icosis positioned the structure on the edge of a bog trail, where it gives visitors a bird's-eye view of the unique patterns formed by pools of water on the uneven ground.

"A particular special feature of blanket bogs is the pool systems, which can create impressive pattered areas when seen from above," said the architects.

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"This is one of the classic views of the peatlands, with which the general public may be familiar, but which is rarely accessible in the Flow Country."

The architects paid particular attention to where the structures sits within the pattern of bog pools, how it appears from different angles, and the optimum height for viewing the landscape.

"The exact location was carefully chosen with regard to its impact on the landscape," they added.
Located far from light pollution, the clear skies over the bog make it a popular stargazing location.

 
The tower's timber and steel structure is clad inside and out in battens of untreated Scottish larch supplied ...
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