Up via one route, down via another
Up via one route, down via another

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The rediscovery of the poplar tree

Around the second half of the eighteenth century plenty of poplars were planted for the manufacture of wooden shoes and matches in the province of Noord-Brabant. The characteristic "Peppelland” landscape emerged from the pattern of sandy paths and moist brook soils. A forty-meter-high observation tower will rise in this forest, offering views to this unique cultural landscape. As a tribute to the poplar, this tower will be built from 24 poplar trunks and cables that hold each other in balance based on the principles of "tensegrity".


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Around the second half of the eighteenth century plenty of poplars were planted for the manufacture of wooden shoes and matches in the province of Noord-Brabant. The characteristic "Peppelland” landscape emerged from the pattern of sandy paths and moist brook soils. A forty-meter-high observation tower will rise in this forest, offering views to this unique cultural landscape. As a tribute to the poplar, this tower will be built from 24 poplar trunks and cables that hold each other in balance based on the principles of "tensegrity".
The 24 poplar stems from which the tower is built store a total of 40 tons of CO2
The 24 poplar stems from which the tower is built store a total of 40 tons of CO2

The lookout tower is made from poplars and offers a view of the Meierij Peppellanschap.

View of the Meierijse Peppellandschap de Scheeken
View of the Meierijse Peppellandschap de Scheeken
Structural principle: tensegrity.
Structural principle: tensegrity.

An ode to the Brabant icon the Poplar

year
2019

team
ir. Marco Vermeulen, ir. Bram Willemse, BSc. Jasper Veldhuis, MSc. Francisco Monsalve

programme
Viewing tower

status
concept design

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