Trollstigen © diephotodesigner.de
Standing on a precipice admiring some of the world's greatest views can be a life-affirming experience - but personally I prefer to do it from the safely of a lookout post - a structure that has been designed to provide the best view possible without requiring me to risk life and limb.
Aussichtsplattform Conn © Franz Rindlisbacher
Such structures - and the breathtaking views they provide - are the subject of a new book called Lookout: Architecture with a View.
Reussdeltaturm © Lucia Degonda, Zürich
Published by the S AM and Christoph Merian Verlag, the book is filled with beautiful imagery of viewing towers, platforms and other small-scale buildings whose sole purpose is to facilitate such an unobstructed view from above.
Here are some of our favourites:
Murturm © Hubertus Hamm
Las Cruces Lookout Point © Iwan Baan
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion © Ketil Jacobson
Metropol Parasol © Fernando Alda
Top of Tyrol © LAAC
Lookout Point © Iwan Baan