The striking former rescue tower over the beach of Binz shines white. The seaside resort on Rügen is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Baltic Sea island. The futuristic concrete and glass building almost seems to float above the dunes. The wide hard shell construction made of concrete stands on a columnar concrete base and always attracts everyone’s attention.
The Binz rescue tower – like a UFO in the dunes
The lifeguard tower is an architectural highlight on all sides and has been since 1981. In that year the lookout for the lifeguards was completed. Thanks to the large window fronts, they had an optimal view of the beach and the water. The windows resemble big eyes and the hard shell construction looks like a “thing from another world”.
Getting married in the Binz lifeguard tower
The Binz rescue tower continued to function until 2004. Since 2006, the rescue tower has served as a branch of the Binz registry office. Since then, weddings have taken place against the beautiful backdrop of the blue Baltic Sea and over the white sandy beach. The extravagant rescue tower at beach access 6 can accommodate twelve people.
You reach the light-flooded room of the Müther tower via a staircase. The guests not only enjoy the extraordinary ambience for their wedding ceremony, but also a magnificent view of the Baltic Sea, the Binz promenade and the Binz pier. In good weather you can even look up to the chalk cliffs of Sassnitz.
Everything about the architect of the rescue tower in Binz
The futuristic concrete construction comes from the Binz civil engineer and architect Müther. Even though the Binzer Ufo at Strandabgang 6 reminds of the futuristic charm of earlier science fiction films, Müther was mostly inspired by the shells on the beach for his buildings.
Since childhood he was fascinated by their thin, but hard and stable shell. Müther was born in Binz in 1934 and is considered a pioneer in the field of modern concrete shell construction. Müther attracted worldwide attention with around 50 designs of his so-called hypar shell constructions. His modern, imaginative and often futuristic buildings loosened up the rather drab prefabricated architecture of the GDR in many places. The construction of his hypar shell designs was time-consuming, but required little concrete, which was an important argument of the GDR architecture.
Whether bobsleigh tracks, bus stops, Zeiss planetariums, the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman or the well-known “Teepott” in Warnemünde: Müther wrote architectural history with his hypar shell constructions. The idea itself goes back to the Spanish-Mexican architect Félix Candela. Müther became an internationally renowned specialist in concrete shell structures and created a modern classic in architectural history with its Müther tower in Binz.
Not far from the rescue tower, “Ulrich-Müther-Platz” today commemorates the engineer and building contractor from Binz, who died in 2007 in his hometown.