Triggered by the collapse of one of the palm trees in the center of town in Daya Vieja, Spain, architect Joaquin Alvado Bañon created El Mirador del Palmeral with the excuse of a structural support for the tree. A lookout tower with a spiraling promenade that culminates in a spectacular narrow overpass that jutts out and over a major town thoroughfare, El Mirador del Palmeral offers stunning views of the Vega Baja, Rojales and La Marina. In addition to the nice views and fun structure, the idea of making the trees a focal point and working with them is an example of the sustainable thinking that infiltrates much of today’s architecture.
Here’s a video to appreciate the structure from all angles:
Photos: David Frutos and Joaquin Alvado Bañon