Meet The Tower, An Architectural Installation By STILL Urban Design ♦ Located In Monção, The Tower is an architectural installation by the Portuguese Studio STILL urban Design and artist Miguel Seabra. Join Secrets From Portugal and discover everything!
Perched atop a hill fort, the tower overlooks the far-reaching vineyards of Vinho Verde. The piece aims to express the ancestral occupation of the territory in its architectural, productive and symbolic evolution. Throughout the region’s history, there has long been a desire to punctuate the horizon using ‘menhirs,’ crosses or towers.
With its distinctive verticality, the tower can be seen from afar, integrated in its surroundings by its simple form and natural tone. Only from within can the visitor experience the project’s atmosphere, vibrant, open to the sky, full of light, and with a climb to the top which reveals a framed view across the vineyard, the valleys, and the mountains of Monção.
STILL Urban Design and artist Miguel Seabra developed ‘The Tower’ with a tubular form, constructed with prefabricated modular concrete rings. The project seeks to offer an atmosphere of contemplation from the outside and an artufl experience from within.
In a symbolic sense, the form aims to establish a connection between earthly and spiritual elements. The circle is the ‘total’ form, without beginning or end, and is commonly associated with eternity and the divine. The simple geometry has long been symbolic of heaven in its connection to the earth, reflective of the link between spiritual and material realms.
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