Spiral Panorama Tower
Panoramic tower on the river Mur in Austria’s Styria region.
The architects drew inspiration from the double helix, which Emperor Maximilian built a castle in Graz in 1499. This structure is made from two polygonal stairs connecting the top.
Interestingly, the tower, despite its geometric and rational language, is in harmony with the surrounding park landscape. The structure is made of cells with a rectangular section, supporting the two (aluminum and steel) ladders. Thick bars reduce the vibrations from walking visitors or wind. In general, the tower 27.5 m high, weighs 87 tons and has a diameter of 8.7 m….
A panorama is any wide-angle view or representation of a physical space, whether in painting, drawing, photography, film/video, or a three-dimensional model.
The word was originally coined by the Irish painter Robert Barker to describe his panoramic paintings of Edinburgh. Shown on a cylindrical surface and viewed from the inside, they were exhibited in London in 1792 as “The Panorama”. The motion-picture term panning is derived from panorama.
In the mid-19th century, panoramic paintings and models became a very popular way to represent landscapes and historical events. Audiences of Europe in this period were thrilled by the aspect of illusion, immersed in a winding 360 degree panorama and given the impression of standing in a new environment. The Dutch marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag created and established the Panorama Mesdag of The Hague, Netherlands, in 1881, a cylindrical painting more than 14 metres high and roughly 40 meters in diameter.