Speaking of Towers

You guys seemed to enjoy yesterday’s post about watchtowers and a few of you sent me photos of some great towers projects. So today, as a postscript (or should that be postpost?) I’m happily offering up two more towers for your consideration; this time with a bit more information about the towers.

Up top, we have the Samitaur Tower by Eric Owen Moss. In the firm’s own words:

“The tower consists of five circular steel rings, approximately 30 feet in diameter. The rings are stacked vertically at 12 foot floor-to-floor intervals, and, as the height increases, the rings are staggered in plan, back and forth – to the north, east, south, and west – in order to establish proximity and viewing angles for various levels at various heights.  […]Its primary objective is to distribute art and other relevant content to the local and the in-transit audiences passing by.”

For some reason, the Samitaur Tower reminds me of another project not too far down the street: the Claes Oldenburg Binoculars in front of the Chiat/Day Building. Don’t see it? Maybe the model is more convincing. Still no?  Just imagine half the binocular sculpture… inverted. See it?

Next, is the Kupla Tower on Korkeasarri Island in Finland. The name of the tower comes from the word for bubble and this particular bubble is constructed out of crossing wooden battens bolted together. A lookout tower in the Helsinki Zoo, Kupla Tower was designed by a then-graduate student Ville Hara. The shape isn’t amorphous, but anthropomorphic if you ask me: it looks like a head, or maybe even a stomach; like a Martin Puryear sculpture with stairs inviting you to climb inside. There’s an interview with Ville where he talks about the “bubble” tower, starting his office and why it takes Finns 8-10 years to finish Architecture school. It’s worth the read.

Yesterday, the towers we looked at were more secluded than these two, but I think the forms of each tower looks great in its respective setting. And why not? A sculpture in the middle of the city is just as lovely as one in the woods.


March 22, 2011