British Airways i360, Brighton

Pushes the boundaries of what architecture might be

British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects.
British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects. Credit: Keven Meredith

Marks Barfield Architects for Brighton i360 

Contract value:  £38m

GIA: 2,037m2

This is the world’s tallest moving observation tower and pushes the boundaries of what architecture might be. The research and the development shown in the design of the double curved ‘oblate ellipsoid’ and the world’s most slender tower, with a height-to-width ratio of more than 40:1, should be commended. 

There is a sense of delight in the way the pod emerges from the bowels of the earth. The structure was built using the latest technology and materials. It is fascinating to watch the 80 tonne counterweight, on a winch in the basement, unwind as the bubble rises. 

 
  • British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects.
    British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects. Credit: Kevin Meredith
  • British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects.
    British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects. Credit: Kevin Meredith
  • British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects.
    British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects. Credit: Kevin Meredith
  • British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects.
    British Airways i360 by Marks Barfield Architects. Credit: Kevin Meredith
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The logistics involved in the construction, especially the transportation of the parts by barge and the use of the jacking rig to build the tower, is also unusual and fitting to the beachfront location. The actual observation element was fun to be in with the freedom to stroll around, sit, or simply gaze at the unfolding views.


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