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Finnish-practice AOR unveils floating viewpoint

AOR’s competition-winning floating viewpoint for Camley Street Natural Park in King’s Cross has opened to the public

The viewing platform, inspired by traditional Finnish woodland shelters, is the emerging practice’s first UK project.

The cor-ten clad, timber structure acts as a viewing platform and workshop facility. It will allow the nature reserve, which receives 30,000 visitors a year, to expand is educational work and monitoring of the canal environment.

Erkko Aarti, of AOR commented: ‘We wanted to showcase the Finnish appreciation and respect for nature and give the visitors an exciting and enjoyable nature experience.

‘Camley Street Natural Park is a unique and relaxing haven in the midst of a busy metropolis.

‘The floating platform is sensitive to its surroundings, but it has its own identity and strong, recognisable shape that can be seen from afar.’

The practice won the invited competition organised by the Finnish Institute in London and the Architecture Foundation back in January 2013. Three emerging Finland-based practices were invited to take part in the contest from a list of eight teams nominated by Finnish architects who had taken part in a UK-Finland exchange programme.

Source: The Finnish Institute in London

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