Timber Tower "Hoge Blekker"

Tower construction on the belgian coast

Client: Province West-Flandern, Municipality Koksijde und Westtoer

Year of construction: expected 2019

Architects/Visualisation: Next Architects, Niederlande

Construction: The main structure is made up of 18 glulam beams that widen up to support the platform. The platform made of cross-laminated timber at a height of 21,6 m can be reached via helix-shaped staircase made of wooden elements, which enables a separate entrance and exit.

Platform: 9,70 m x 7,70 m
Platform heigth: 21,60 m
Diameter of the Tower: 4,6 m

Our Service: Design, structural and approval planning

Service phases 1-4 according to German HOAI


Together with Next Architects, the engineering office Miebach won the competition for an observation tower on the Hoge Blekker, the highest point on the Belgian coast, awarded by the municipality of Koksijde and Westtoer. The 21,6-meter-high wooden structure is due to open in 2019 as part of the Horizon 2025 tourism program in the Belgian province of West Flanders and Westtoer. By 2025, around 20 more observation points are to be built along the coastal route.

The construction of the tower consists of vertically arranged glulam beams, with a helix-shaped wooden staircase allowing a separation of entrance and exit to the viewing platform. The platform made of cross-laminated timber, supported by the columns, which protrudes clearly in the direction of the north sea, forms a generously designed look-out over the directly adjacent dune landscape.