Sand Tower: Flamingo Observation Tower CompetitionImages1 / Information
Location Abu Dhabi
Status Competition entry 2019
The Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition tasked participants with proposing designs for a flamingo observation platform and connecting boardwalk, intended as a new architectural landmark for the The Al Wathba Wetland Reserve located southeast of Abu Dhabi. Comprised of wetlands, salt flats, and fossilized dunes, the reserve is best known for the large flamingo flocks that migrate there each winter.
The ‘Sand Tower’ takes inspiration from the existing vernacular of desert forts fund in the area. Seeming to grow from the sand they are built by individual blocks. A shallow ramp rises to a high platform providing 360 degree views of the reserve. The plan is inspired by the ‘Astrolabe’, an instrument used by early astronomers and navigators to measure the altitude of stars and planets. The two circles echo the astrolabe’s form and are designed to make the most of views from the ramp and terraces. An internal shaded atrium provides an area for rest and contemplation.
The tower is constructed from interlocking and stackable recycled plastic modules, allowing for easy manufacturing and construction.