Monday, November 19, 2012

Flanders Moss Viewing Tower

This 7 metre high structure situated west of Stirling was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage with the aim of providing a viewpoint over Britain's largest peat bog. Made of green oak, the tower has been constructed using 8 metre-high posts which sit on a steel platform. Interestingly, the steel piling used sinks below the surface through 10 metres of peat bog to reach clay, meaning a great deal of the engineering of the simple construction is obscured from view. Designed by Robin Baker Architects at a cost of £110k, this is a unique feature rising out of the Stirlingshire landscape, which manages to complement its historic and extraordinary setting.