Beyond the trees

Advert by IAKS member Carl Stahl

The impressive treetop trail in Avondale House and Forest Park, Ireland, captivates visitors not only with its breath­taking views, but also with its modern design. It takes visitors on a 1.4 km journey through the forest and above the treetops. The summit trail ends in a spectacular observation tower 38 meters above the ground with 360-degree panoramic views.

The railing infill of the tower was realized by X-TEND stainless steel mesh. This innovative choice combines functionality with aesthetics while ensuring safety. The transparent appearance of the stainless steel nets allows visitors to enjoy unrestricted panoramic views while being protected. A successful mix of technology and nature experience.

The tower was designed by van Dijk Architects and Stöger + Köbl ­Architects and received two Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards. One in the Cultural and Public ­Buildings category, recognizing the project's significant contribution 
to culture. Beyond the Trees and the architects were also recognized in the Universal Design category for their outstanding design.

X-TEND stainless steel nets can be used in a variety of ways. Whether as horizontal or vertical fall protection, railing infill, greenery or protective netting - they impress with their stability, durability, flexibility and are non-flammable - but absolutely UV-resistant. 

Thanks to our ETA certification, the European Technical Assessment, we offer independently tested quality recognized by the building authorities - which is valid in the entire EU area.

Carl Stahl Tower

Photo: Joe Ladrigan

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