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Public Art and Tourism Converge at Sculptural Viewing Tower in Denmark

Is anyone else seeing a cheese grater?

What is it about Scandinavia and viewing platforms? In Norway, architecture studio Code created a shard-like concrete protrusion for taking in the view that is not for the faint of heart. Now comes word of this white-painted-steel pavilion—which, for the record, is not nearly so anxiety-inducing—in the Danish city of Aarhus.

Created by Copenhagen-based firm Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter and commissioned by the city, the viewing tower features a profile reminiscent of an arrow and porthole-like perforations in its facades, making it more like public art than a mere tourist attraction. Set along Aarhus's harbor, the pavilion faces the water, and functions as a gathering point for visitors, with its amphitheater-style seating from which to take in the view. Take a look.

Concrete Viewing Platform in Norway Looks Brutal, Offers Beautiful Views [Curbed]