PHOTOGRAPHER MIKKO LAGERSTEDT
Mikko Lagerstedt (tumblr / facebook) is an award winning Fine Art Photographer from Finland. His distinct style captures the emotion of the moment. Capturing simplistic Finnish landscapes and fleeting moments Mikko strives to use his atmospheric vision to inspire people.
ULTIMA ESPERANZA BY REUBEN WU
The water tower is situated in the middle of a protected nature reserve owned by Nature Monuments; De Wieden in the province Overijssel. BOEi, Vitens and Nature Monuments took up the plan to transform the tower to a watchtower. A spectacular ‘ route architecturale” will lead you up to a height of 45 m. Upstairs four win- dows give you a 360 degree view of De Wieden.
The journey upstairs begins with a closed staircase that leads to the first floor on 4 m. height. Here you have arrived in a room that is 24 m. in height and houses a spectacle of old and new stairs. The new stairs that lead through the body of the water tower has been made of wood. This to on the one hand add a warm element that contrasts with the stark concrete walls of the tower. On the other hand it is a gesture to Nature Monuments by using a raw and unpolished natural material. By adding the new route complementary to the old existing one, spatial inter- action is created. Where the old stairs led up alongside the walls, the new stairs zigzag across the tower to reinforce spatial perception.
Photography: Stijn Poelstra