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The Lookout reflects Scotland's natural beauty


June 16, 2014

The Lookout, by architectural students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (Photo: Ross Campbell)

The Lookout, by architectural students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (Photo: Ross Campbell)

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Two Scottish architectural students recently designed and built a novel observation point that sports a reflective facade in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland. The Lookout offers a quiet place from which to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and boasts views of Loch Voil and Loch Doine.

Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler designed the Lookout as part of their Advanced Architectural Design thesis at Strathclyde University. Costing £5,000 (roughly US$8,500) in total, the project was funded by the Scottish government and is also part of the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative – a government-led scheme which aims to use specially-designed architectural installations in order to enhance viewpoints in selected areas.

The Lookout itself is a simple 2.4 x 2.4 m (7.9 x 7.9 ft) structure, with enough seating for three, some space to stand, and a small porthole-like viewing point from which to gaze upon the local wildlife.

The project took a total of two months, from concept to completed structure, and was hand-built by Ritchie and Tyler using timber that was first fashioned into a frame and then clad in mirrored stainless steel. The seating is made from sustainably-grown African Frake hardwood.

The short video below shows how well the Lookout takes its place within the local surroundings.

Source: Process Craft via Arch Daily

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Easy to find, just look for piles of dead birds.


As for the See-thru Loo...


Charged UP

Very cute, but I don't get it, any of it! Three people? Endless glass to clean? Tiny? First Bull or Buck to see its reflection is going to charge. Not to mention stones and glass houses. 2001 Space Odyssey Monolith for narcissists?

Robert Walther

It's reflections like these that kill countless birds. Stupid.


Read it again chaps - it is made from stainless steel, not glass. I agree with our comments on wildlife though, the local birds (well, the dumb ones, anyway) will get some headaches for a while. It will be interesting to see how the whole thing stands up to a bull or buck charge when mating season comes around! Incidentally, does anyone remember the story about a "see-through" mirror-glassed public convenience on a city corner somewhere? From the outside, just a plain mirror-sided cube, from the inside, NO WALLS! Very off-putting ...

The Skud


So you get inside this stainless steel box, with a small window to look out. Why do you need this here to stand and look at the scenery?

It took two months to come up with this, and then to try and hide it because?

Bob Flint
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