Highway 14 observation tower, South Dakota


Welcome to The Legendary Highway 14 Tower Design Competition, an architectural challenge set in the picturesque rural community of De Smet, South Dakota, USA. Participants are invited to design an iconic observation tower and accompanying landscape elements that highlight the region’s rich history and natural beauty. This project aims to enhance the visitor experience and boost tourism in the Glacial Lakes Region and the state of South Dakota.

The competition site, located at the north edge of the Big Slough transitioning to Silver Lake, offers an ideal vantage point for observing the area’s historic natural features.

Participants are tasked with creating a cohesive design solution that focuses on user experience, incorporating movement, observation, and contemplation of the Silver Lake and Big Slough ecosystem. Emphasis should be placed on accessibility, safety, sustainability, and promoting local, regional, and statewide tourism.

The Legendary Highway 14 Tower Design Competition offers architects and designers a unique opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of the Legendary Highway 14 Tower Trail project. The winning design will not only enhance the visitor experience but also serve as an enduring symbol of collaboration and innovation in rural communities. As winning designs will be put forward for consideration for construction, this competition presents a remarkable chance for participants to leave a lasting impact on the landscape of South Dakota.

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