Chirping crickets, croaking frogs, and the cracking branches compose the chorus of sounds you normally encounter in the woods. But students at the Estonian Academy think adding 10-foot-wide megaphones that amplify the ambient hums of the forest can focus your attention and heighten the experience. It’s like a sensory-depravation chamber: Remove one sense and the others become stronger.
Standing outside the Forest Megaphones, they direct sound to the center of a clearing; standing inside one of the structures puts you up close and personal with nature’s acoustics.
In addition to the aural effect, the Forest Megaphones offer a sheltered spot for hikers to chill out and take in the scenery. Plus, they fall into the great tradition of architectural follies.