Jutting out from the roadside, high above the small Norwegian town of Aurland, is an organic highway to oblivion. The Aurland Lookout is a seamless curve of locally harvested timber that sprouts 30 meters out from the road, before cascading into a breathtaking fjord. The mind is easily tricked by the eyes, which barely register the wall of glass that protects sightseers against the edge of this structure. Designed by architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen, it recreates the stomach-lurching sensation 'of a child on a swing'. by Harold C
At first glance I thought this was the Grand Canyon Skywalk we've written about before, but this is much cooler, I think. It's the Aurland Lookout in Aurland, Norway. True Scandinavian design -- think IKEA tourism, with a dash of Tony Hawk thrown in. The design makes it seem as if you can fall right off if you continue walking to the end, but in reality a sheet of plate glass protects would-be daredevils from sliding off the edge into the woods.
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