| 17 : 10 – 21 July, 2018 |
Durch Lookout – an observation deck designed by Czech Architect Zdeněk Fránek, gives spectacular vistas of the hills above the Valasske Prikazy village.
In the hills above the village Valasske Příkazy in Zlin region in Czech Republic is a new lookout (observation deck). It was designed by architect Zdenek Franek (Skywalk), the contractor is Jakub Janosik, who makes doors and windows in the village below and has a deep connection to the place. The lookout itself is an anti-billboard, window in the landscape, frame for a picture.
Durch lookout – The observation deck
Oakwood beams glued to form a windowless window
The material’s simplicity belies in the structure’s simple shape. The detail free observatory space made up of oak wood beams glued together serves as a relaxation point for the visitors. Apart from all this what’s really impressive is the view that it culminates to provide.
From the Architects –
In the hills above Valasske Prikazy in the Zlin region in Czech Republic grew up a lookout Durch designed by architect Zdenek Franek. Durch is a tribute to the view of the landscape. It is meant to stimulate and realize this beauty. It also serves as a sitting for passers-by, place for a snack or a shelter in bad weather. A well with a picture of St. Francis, animal patron and nature conservationist was restored in its vicinity.
The restored well with a picture of St. Francis on the tree
A relaxing point for visitors
Architect Zdenek Franek portrayed the observatory as a “minimalist wooden construction with clear details without any significant element. So to be humble, and above all, the outlook through the lookout, which frames the landscape as the most beautiful picture, was created.”
The windowless observatory for nature-lovers
The family-owned firm Janosik, which produces windows under the hill where the Durch lookout is located, is behind the idea and realization of the observatory.
The lookout at a strategic point for stunning view
The observatory perched among the natural environment
Window to the nature
“I was thinking about redesigning our billboards. Eventually, the desire to rebel against the cluttering of nature combined with advertising collided with our corporate philosophy of clear outlook. From day-to-day we canceled all our billboards and began to work on the Durch lookout – our honor of the undisturbed view. ” – Jakub Janosik.
Visitors enjoying the lookout space
Durch lookout perched atop the hills
Flora and Fauna captured against the lookout in background
Project details –
Project Name – Durch lookout
Location – Valasske Prikazy, Vsetin District, Zlin Region, Czech Republic
Architect – Zdenek Franek | www.franekarchitects.cz/en/
Concept – Jakub Janosik
Realization – Janosik Windows – Doors | www.janosik.cz/en/
Materials – Oakwood
Photography Credits – © BoysPlayNice | www.boysplaynice.com
Project year – 2017
Year of implementation – 2018