Path above Rasovna, Litomyšl - Lány
Martin Karlík, Robert Randys
12/2022 architectural study
“Journey to destination” is a long-term project of Litomyšl city. The city invites Czech Architecture Award winning studios to design a suburban landscape element which would become a destination for walks by the people of Litomyšl. The landscape around the city of Litomyšl is primarily used for agriculture, and there is a lack of forests within walking distance. Therefore, fields and meadows paths are primarily used for walks. The trails provide an opportunity to create new elements in the landscape that will become the motivation for morning, afternoon, or evening strolls. The specific design of the element and its location is at the discretion of the architect, but there is a financial limit within which the project must be realized.
The northwest edge of Litomyšl and the road above Rasovna, leading to the village of Kornice, seemed like the most attractive location. The hiker can enjoy a full view of Litomyšl, including its main landmarks. In the evening, it is beautifully lit by the western sun.
Our goal is to enhance the already established potential of this place with designing a watchtower for people to enjoy an uninterrupted view of the city and the surrounding landscape from another perspective. From the new watchtower you should be able to see all the way to the town hall tower in Litomyšl’s square.
The construction concept is based on the investor’s requirements, including the financial limit. We agreed that the construction should be environmentally friendly, and the overall solution should be reversible, meaning it should be possible to return the site to its previous state in the future.
The idea behind our project is to create an unconventional piece reflecting the contemporary phenomena. We consider the influences of globalization, which simplifies many things (at the cost of their uniqueness) such as transportation and ecology. We rely on the transportation in the most areas of human activity. Ecologists strive to balance finding new paths and eco-friendly alternatives. Our studio intends to reuse items and elements in a new context.
A shipping container ticks all the boxes mentioned above. It travels around the world, from port to port where people of different nationalities, languages, and beliefs live, transporting goods that we all need. After serving its primary purpose, it can be reused, contributing to the ecological challenge. By reusing old containers, we can save natural resources and energy sources. Melting down a 20-foot-long shipping container to obtain new raw materials consumes up to 8MWh of energy.