Vista – Design a nature observatory

Submission: January 11, 2022
Registration: January 10, 2022
Language: English
Location: English
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


The aim of this challenge is to create a nature observatory tower that will provide the tourists with a wide and close view of the forests. It should be a place where they are not affecting the forest but are able to experience it through a level where they dream to be in. The tower is to provide scope for the tourists to observe the forest from different levels in order to experience it in a better manner, this place should also offer them a place to sit and relax while still being amidst the forest.

Picturing Australia is incomplete without the green lush of generation and diverse ecosystem available in its region. Starting from the forests in Queensland to the dense thicket of the karri there is a large variety and diversity in the types of forests and vegetation that one encounters in the Australian continent. The richness of the flora and fauna can be visualized by the waterfalls cascading amongst the lush rainforest understory, the smell of eucalyptus on the air after the rain – Australia’s forests are both unique and wonderful to experience.

There are about 125 million hectares of forest – 123 million of those being native – Australia has the seventh biggest forest area in the world, making up three percent of the Earth’s forests.

Which makes it one of the largest contributors of nature in terms of its rich natural ecosystem.

Australia’s forests are categorized into eight types: acacia, eucalypt, Callitris, mangrove, casuarina, melaleuca, rainforest, and ‘other native forest’. All of which are filled with mesmerizing beauty.

Design Objectives

Interactive – Understand the needs of the tourists and the kinds of spaces that they might need on the tower. Which can aid their experience and make them feel more in touch with the forest.

Harmony – Explore a way to design the tower as a part of the forest rather than being a singular entity. Include the rich context and material availability while creating it.

Sustainable – Reduce the negative impact of design on the environment, by improving building performance, reducing waste, and ensuring comfort for occupants.

Context – The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.

The above objectives can be a point of beginning to conceive this design. Participants can assume their contexts and user group on the basis of their concepts and designs.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

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