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MK Forty Tower

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dRMM
 
location Milton Keynes
function landmark, watch-tower
contributed by dRMM

To mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the city of Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Gallery invited dRMM to design a temporary artwork. dRMM proposed a tower to conceptually contrast with the predominant horizontality of the city, and to offer an opportunity for visitors to climb the tower and discover views across the city. MK Forty Tower is a 19m tall freestanding structure, pre-fabricated in sections made of 162mm thick cross-laminated timber. Erected in seven days, the tower opened to the public in August 2007. Over 5,500 people climbed 101 wooden steps to take in the view. At the base, a shipping container housed a coffee bar, the interior lined with the work of artist Richard Woods. An accompanying exhibition documented dRMM�s pioneering work in timber construction techniques. The tower was disassembled in July 2008. As no glues were used, it was simply unscrewed in three sections. In this way it can be quickly reassembled upon announcement of its new home.

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Mieke says:
Please note that the tower was disassembled in July 2008, and discussions about a new location for the tower are still ongoing. We'll update with details of the new location as soon as it's announced!
Rotterdam, Netherlands 20-Oct-08
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MK Forty Tower
Address
Midsummer Boulevard 900
United Kingdom
http://www.mk-g.org/
Project is public!
Opening hours The tower is open to the public from 10th August to 28th October 2007 and admission is free. To plan your visit, go to MK-G's website: http://www.mk-g.org Tues - Sat 10.00-17.00 Sunday 11.00-17.00 closed Mondays and Public Holidays.
How to get there? Train: MK Central is on the London / Birmingham / Manchester / Glasgow main line served by Virgin and Silverlink trains; Taxi from MK Central station: 5 mins; Foot from MK Central station: 25min walk; Car from M1: Exit at Jct 14 and follow signs from central MK
Completion 8- 2007
ArchitectdRMM
contractorKLH (UK) Ltd
supplierKLH (UK) Ltd
structural engineerPrice & Myers LLP
artistRichard Woods
Client Milton Keynes Gallery
 
Project ID 841
Latitude/Longitude 52°02'41N 00°44'58W
Contributed by dRMM
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