i360

Marks Barfield Architects, Brighton, 2016

 

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Nic Bailey Design was the pod consultant 

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  • Nic Bailey Design was the pod consultant    
  • The viewing distance from the top is 26 miles    
  • 200 passengers can fit into the pod    
  • The pod diameter is 18m    
  • The tower is 162m    
  • Underside of the pod    
  • The weight of the foundation is 4,150 tonnes    
  • View of the tower from Brighton    
  • The tower diameter is 3.9m    
  • The ride takes 20 minutes    
  • Site plan    
  • Floor plan    
  • Pod section    
  • Site elevation    
  • Elevation    
  • Elevation of reconstructed toll booth    

This gleaming observation tower is the creation of Marks Barfield, the husband-and-wife team behind the London Eye.

Marks Barfield wanted to replicate the experience of the Eye – the slow ascent and glass pods – but at a comparatively low budget: the tower design comes in at a third of the cost of the wheel. As at the London Eye, the architects came up with the idea then sought the finance, creating a company in which they are 80 per cent stakeholders.

Located at the landward end of the West Pier on Brighton beach, British Airways i360 is a modern-day ‘vertical pier’ whose purpose is to delight, entertain and inspire. Visitors are invited to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the original pier welcomed Victorian society to ‘walk on water’.

It has a noticeably different feel to the amusements and fairground of the more tourist-y pier to the East. The observation cabin holds up to 200 visitors per trip. Through the double-curved window panes, passengers enjoy panoramic 360° views.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2014
  • Completed: Jul 2016
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Procurement: NEC Option A
  • Address: Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN, United Kingdom

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