Lookout. Architecture with a view exhibition

Elemental, MVRDV,

Iwan Baan, © Fernando Alda,

Switzerland, Basel,

Museums, Landscape, Sport & Wellness, Ville,


The S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel hosts the first ever exhibition about the architecture of lookouts, including not only platforms and towers but all aspects of the idea of using the landscape for the purposes of tourism.

Lookout. Architecture with a view exhibition

November 9 through February 9 2014 S AM in Basel hosts an exhibition on “architecture with a view” featuring constructions built in the past 15 years with a single common denominator: they encourage people to admire the view.
An architectural category created when people first began to explore nature as a form of tourism in 19th century, and increasingly popular today thanks to spectacular projects by great archistars.

S AM’s exhibition features projects of great architectural quality without limiting the selection to towers, but including microarchitectures and platforms.
The projects on view include some which stand out for their ability to promote enjoyment of the landscape in which they stand, such as, for example, the Ruta del Peregrino in Mexico or the National Tourist Routes in Norway.

(Christiane Bürklein)

Lookout. Architecture with a view exhibition
Where: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, Switzerland http://www.sam-basel.org
Dates: November 9 2013 – February 9 2014
Photos: Courtesy of S AM, copyrighted
Catalogue published by Christian Merian Verlag

1. Metropol Parasol J. MAYER H. Architects, Seville, Spain, 2011 – photo: © Fernando Alda
2. Orbit - Anish Kapoor Studio - Cecil Balmond Olympiapark, London, UK, 2012 photo: © Arcelor Mittal
3. Top of Tyrol - LAAC zt-gmbh, Stubaier Gletscher, Austria, 2009, photo: © LAAC
4. Lookout Point – Elemental, Las Cruces, Mexico, 2011, photo: © Iwan Baan
5. Anyang Peak – MVRDV, Anyang City, South Korea, 2005, photo: © MVRDV
6. Murturm terrain:loenhart&mayr - Gosdorf, Styria, Austria, 2009, photo: © Hubertus Hamm