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Architecture December, 16 2013

Mirador de Abrante by Jose Luis Bermejo Martin

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the tip of Tenerife, the Mirador de Abrante lookout sits 620 meters above sea level on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. The structure serves as an observation point that houses tourist information, a cafe, and a cantilevering lookout that hangs five meters over the edge of a cliff with a 200-meter drop to the beach below. Supported by a concrete floor beam, the lookout is encased in glass including a transparent floor for fully unobstructed views. The building consists of reinforced concrete walls contrasted with folded metal panels in angular shapes, while 3,150 square meters of red brick and red dirt landscaping complement the cliff face and surrounding area.

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