Friday, November 4, 2011

Brutalist Lookout Tower - the flexibility of concrete

This wonderfully designed concrete lookout tower in Launceston has several interesting features and really highlights the flexibility of concrete as a design medium. The staircase that spirals around the central concrete column is interesting, and if you take a closer look each stair has repeating circle patterns, some worn out from the many feet that have stood on them over time.   Sadly, as with many Modernist designs, the tower and its surrounds have an abandoned and neglected feel to them, whereas it should be celebrated as a great example of how concrete can be used.

1 comment:

  1. What did they design a concrete lookout tower in Launceston for - to spot bushfires? And once built, why did they not keep it functioning and in good shape?


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