This March, the winning design for the Mersey Observatory near Liverpool was unveiled. The tower, which will replace an existing radar tower at the mouth of the River Mersey, was designed by Duggan Morris Architects, and beat off some pretty strenuous competition.
The 30m tower will be constructed from a series of rotating ellipses, one on top of the other. These circular blocks will be made out of a special material that naturally glows in the dark, creating a magical glowing tower by night. Within its vase-like structure will be a viewing platform offering panoramic views of the Mersey basin, a cafe and exhibition center.
The observatory will overlook 'Another Place', an installation by prolific British sculptor Antony Gormley, which you can see in this other shortlisted design (above) by Phos Architects. The lifelike human sculptures are dotted around Crosby Beach (and look like chubbier versions of his other work 'Inside Australia').