Cor-Ten Staircase Rises From Belgian Farmland
To construct Vlooyberg Tower in Tielt-Winge, Belgium, the architecture, industrial design, and engineering firm Close to Bone’s CEO, Yves Willems, started by using a telescopic crane to lift the first of six galvanized-steel elements.
Vlooyberg Tower by Close to Bone
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That piece was set on a concrete foundation that incorporates two concrete pilings and six tension-ground anchors to keep the viewing tower in equilibrium.
After the other elements were attached with high-strength bolts, the crane positioned the final piece.
The staircase’s sides were clad in Cor-Ten steel, the same material as the steps.
Vlooyberg Tower, which replaces a wooden predecessor destroyed by vandals, rises from farmland.
A plaque lists donors.
The observatory is visible from a main road through the province of Flemish Brabant.
An appearance on Flemish TV has increased visitor traffic.