arboretum lookout tower

Archon Competition, University of Arizona, 2008
design partner: Ying Xiong


Located in the Madera Canyon foothills, the gradually rotating lookout tower heightens visitors’ awareness of the unique arboretum landscape before providing spectacular views north and south. Stair landings are designed to visually direct people to particular features in the arboretum, as well as provide space for rest during the ascent.


site context rendering, tower view from elevator entrance

presentation board section renderings

360 degree site panorama

stair tower skin shields people from intense sun, rotating stair isolation rendering

view to landing platform