Point of View

I saw these images of the Tianmen Mountain and the Shifou Mountain pathways in China.  They offer spectacular views, but I wonder what OSHA would think…there don’t seem to be any safety measures in the construction.  Could you imagine doing construction administration on a design like this?  View a Complete Gallery of this project or check out a quirky You Tube presentation. This discovery inevitably led me down a rabbit hole of other imaginitive viewing platforms from around the world. You can see some of my favorites in the gallery below….I’m sure there are many more out there:

1.  The Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona, USA: This horseshoe shaped path was constructed on solid ground and then rolled out to extend 65 feet beyond the Canyon’s rim and 4000 ft above the Colorado River.

2.Dachstein Sky Walk, Austria: The Dachstein Skywalk is an observation deck on the south side of the mountain station at Hunerkogel in the Upper Austrian ski resort Dachstein glacier.  It was constructed in 2005 and juts out about 15 feet beyond the sheer vertical rock face

3. Top of Tyrol, Austria: Designed by Astearchitecture in 2008, this viewing platform located 3000 meters above sea level at the Stubai Glacier in Tyrol, Austria. To learn more about the construction strategies of this platform – click here!

4. Aurland Lookout, Norway: Architects Todd Saundersand and Tommie Wilhelmsen of Saunders Architecture designed this breathtaking catwalk – 2000 ft above Aurland fjord in Norway. The end of the horizontal platform curves downward, forming the structure’s support. An angled sheet of glass seals the end and offers incredible views beyond.

5. Auckland’s Sky Tower, New Zealand: The tallest manmade structure in the southern hemisphere, the Sky Tower can withstand 125 mi/hr winds and supposedly earthquakes up to 8.0 on the Richter scale. On a clear day, visibility is around 51 miles.  But  this isn’t just a pretty view….You can take guided “Sky Walks around the exterior of the sky tower or even base jump from the ledge (while in a harness and strapped to a safety wireof course).

6. Il Binocolo, Italy: Designed by Matteo Thun in 2005, this viewing platform resembles binoculars and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Italian countryside. Access it via the gardens of the Trauttmansdorff castle in Italy.

7. Infinity Room at House on the Rock, Wisconsin – USA: The House on the Rock, originally opened in 1959, is a complex of architecturally unique rooms, streets, gardens and shops designed by AlexJordan, Jr. The Infinity Room at the House extends several hundred feet over the valley, without supports underneath, and is lined with over 3000 handmade windows.

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