A view with a room: amazing lookout posts

A new book collects images of architecture that's designed to provide breathtaking views

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


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