“Belgium engineering firm Close to Bone recently completed the Vlooyberg Tower, an eye-catching cantilevered structure that’s part land art, and part observation tower. The prefabricated staircase was carefully designed to achieve its gravity-defying appearance, and is clad in handsome weathering steel to ensure longevity…the Vlooyberg Tower was built to replace and commemorate the historic Tielt stairway tower, a wooden four-meter-tall lookout that formerly stood on the site until it was irreparably damaged by arsonists. The designer describes the design process of the tower as “a war against its own weight” that involved meticulous calculations to ensure that the staircase, which weighs no less than 13 tons, would not sag. The Vlooyber Tower was prefabricated offsite and then assembled onsite in just half a day.”
Image credit: Close to Bone
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