Prague to Get New “Elephant Butt” Lookout Tower

Prague to Get New “Elephant Butt” Lookout Tower

A unique new lookout tower is set to be constructed in Na Čihadlech nad Rokytkou, Prague 14 district, next year from award-winning architectural film HAMR (Huť architektury Martin Rajniš).

The firm was also responsible for that mysterious airship that was built on top of the DOX art center earlier this year.



The Prague 14 tower will be made entirely from all-natural materials, mostly interwoven wooden bannisters from ash and other wood. It will reach a height of 24 meters.

Most interesting might be the shape of the tower, constructed in three giant legs. Opponents of the design claim that it resembles an “elephant’s butt.”

Visualization: HAMR Huť architektury Martin Rajniš
Visualization: HAMR Huť architektury Martin Rajniš

“Whenever you do anything in the Czech Republic, it’s always open to slimy criticism,” architect Martin Rajniš told iDnes.cz.

“We are a nation of humorless individuals.”

The architectural firm built a similar-looking piece in Kyje in 2014. That piece employed the same woven style and had a comparable shape, but was not an observation tower.

More work from HAMR can be found via their official website and Facebook page.


Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.

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