Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff

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Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff

Sited on the Chapel Six Marshes Beach of Lincolnshire at the literal edge of the land, the Structures on the Edge is a whistle-shaped viewing tower with sky blue exterior and a very narrow viewing port.

Architects: Gruff Limited, MSA Limited
Location: Lincolnshire, UK
Photographs: Courtesy of MSA-Gruff

Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff
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Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff
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This design for publicly accessible structures and buildings are varied functions, taking in a viewing tower, beach hut, dream navigation machine and the largest aviary in the world.

Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff
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Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff
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When you step inside, the very slight tilting floor encourages you towards the edge, where revealing a focused ‘strip’ of seascape.

Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff
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The project was the result of an open competition organised by Arts NK and Lincolnshire County Council in 2011, and MSA-Gruff team of London was the final winner.

Structures on the Edge Tower by MSA-Gruff
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Inspiration from architect:

Our proposal is for a new sound landmark: a device that on one level focuses and concentrates people’s senses and on the other hand amplifies the climatic (windy) nature of the site.

The intervention forces people to the edge – to make a commitment. The resulting experience is one of life-affirming engagement with the unique, changing and volatile environment.