In the Netherlands over 50 spots are marked on the map as starting points for recreational use of the rural landscape. People are encouraged to park their cars at these locations instead of at other, more preserved, areas. In the small town Reusel, the nomination motivated a local sports merchant to found an outdoor sports park.
A tower, 25 meters high, with sport facilities like climbing and abseiling is the main attraction. Designed by Dutch ateliereenarchitecten, it consists of six cubes, hanging on a core of steel columns. Two of the six cubes are accessible. The third one from the bottom contains a start platform for a rope slide and a high rope track. In the top box people can enjoy a panorama view of the surrounding landscape and there is a starting platform for abseiling. The athletes on the 13 meters high climbing wall are observed by visitors of the adjacent bistro.
Huge stacks of logs can be found in the surrounding production forest. The cladding of the tower consists of the same halved, stripped logs. It represents an addition and at the same time a product of it’s surroundings. The use of wood makes the object fit in it’s setting whereas the orthogonal (unnatural) shapes create an exciting composition.