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Pyramidenkogel Tower
Klagenfurt-Land, Carinthia, Austria

Pyramidenkogel is an 851 m high mountain in Carinthia, Austria. It is located to the south of the Wörthersee and near the town of Maria Wörth. The mountain has been a tourist attraction since at least the late 19th century. The first observation platform on top of the mountain had been built in 1950. The new tower is built of wood and steel, and with a height of 100 metres it is the tallest wooden observation tower in the world. The structure features a visitors platform at 83 m, a cafe at 70 m, and a 66-metre long slide, the longest slide in Europe. For further information visit Wikipedia.

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Sunset at Old City Hall ♦ Coucher de soleil à l’an by blue_iris

♦ As part of the redesigning of what is now the Old Ottawa City Hall on Green Island, the “scaffold” structure in the center of the picture was supposed to be part of twin observation towers eighteen stories high created by the architect Moshe Safdie, known for having design Habitat 67. Conflict broke out when Safdie demanded a higher fee to include the twin towers, that were in his view essential to his creation. City council voted to cut the towers to save the one million dollars that they would have cost. Eventually the city compromised and a bare scaffold was erected.
♦ Dans le cadre de l’agrandissement de l’Hôtel de ville d’Ottawa de l’époque, situé sur l’Île Verte, l’«échafaudage» au centre de la photo était censé être la base de deux tours jumelles d’observation de dix-huit étages créée par l’architecte Moshe Safdie, connu pour la conception d’Habitat 67. Un conflit a éclaté lorsque Safdie a voulu inclure ces deux tours, qu’il jugeait essentielles à son œuvre. Le conseil municipal a voté d’exclure les tours pour épargner le million de dollars qu’elles auraient coûté. Un simple échafaudage a été construit pour les représenter.

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