Kemeri Park Observation Tower Competition

Jūrmala, Latvia Europe

This international design competition submittal for the Kemeri Park Observation Tower revisited the idea of an observation tower with disabled access throughout. By placing a tower on its side, the visitor is able to enjoy the journey with visual opportunities available along the way. The fully accessible ‘tower’ is entered from a single point, then two paths diverge with one rising for a territorial view and one gently sloping downward to just above ground or water level.  This duality creates a unique experience at each location while compelling the visitor to decide if the top view or a secluded lower area is the better destination.

The submittal was designed in a charrette format with five designers participating (Rory Heggie, Jose Gallegos, Ben Millick, Jorge Hernandez, Andres Vasquez).

Though not built, the recommended budget was $50,000.

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