Tuesday, November 21, 2023
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A 48-metre-high timber observation tower is about to rise over Kenya’s iconic Maasai Mara wildlife reserve. The traditional Kenyan construction techniques and materials will be the core of this timber construction.
The timber superstructure will be stand over the savannah landscaoe. It will be used as the watch tower for the tourists to enjoy the site of lions, leopards, cheetahs and African bush elephants.
Designed by Victor Ortiz, a New York-based architect- the tower will be regarded as one of the ten Wonders of the World. The centrally supported tower will have seven separate observation levels, each with a diameter of 20 metres.
Mr Ortiz, who in 2021 was awarded by the Global Architect Builder Awards as “Emerging Architect of the Year,” said, “The timber structure has a wealthy historical past deeply intertwined with the continent’s various cultures and pure sources.”
Under the ‘National Programme for Accelerated Forestry and Rangelands Restoration,’ Kenya has set a target of planting 15 billion trees in urban and rural areas over the next decade, which will target 30% of the country in new forest cover. Kenya has a rich history of timber construction and this new timber tower will add more to this history. According the designer the new design resolves around creating a structure that will respect the natural context of the Masai Mara Plains. It is believed that once the structure is created the the project will connect travelers with the beauty of the natural ecosystem. Apart from all of these the structure can also be taken as an appropriate example that will promote the conservation awareness that will lead to a better future.