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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

British Airways i360 in Brighton, England by Marks Barfield Architects

 
August 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ING 

British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower: a 162-metre-tall vertical tower with a fully enclosed futuristic glass observation pod that gently lifts groups of up to 200 passengers to a height of 138 metres.

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

  • Architects: Marks Barfield Architects
  • Project: British Airways i360
  • Location: Brighton, England, UK
  • Photography: British Airways i360
  • Client: Brighton i360 Ltd
  • Form of contract: NEC Option A
  • Civil and structural engineer: Jacobs UK
  • MEP services engineer: Jacobs UK
  • Project manager: Jacobs UK
  • CDM coordinator / PD: Jacobs UK
  • Local PM and civil engineer: Helmsley Orrell Partnership

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

  • Damping consultant: Prof Max Irvine
  • Pod consultant: Nic Bailey Design
  • Environmental consultant: Loren Butt Consultancies
  • Façade consultant: Mott MacDonald
  • Lighting consultant: Do Architecture
  • Main Contractor: Hollandia Infra b.v
  • Planning consultant: DP9
  • Cost consultant: RLF
  • Start on site: July 2014
  • Completion: July 2016
Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

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

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Offering 360-degree views of up to 26-miles over Brighton and Hove, the South Downs, the South Coast and the English Channel, the purpose of British Airways i360 is simply ‘to delight, entertain and inspire’.

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360/Visual Air

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

The design and engineering of British Airways i360 is as impressive as it is innovative. The tower is acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s most slender tower, with a height-to-width ratio of more than 40:1. State-of-the-art cable car technology is used to drive the pod up and down and energy is generated on its descent.

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Eleven years in the making from design to reality, British Airways i360 is the brainchild of architect-entrepreneurs David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects, best known as the practice that conceived and designed the world famous London Eye.

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © British Airways i360

Image Courtesy © Marks Barfield Architects

Image Courtesy © Marks Barfield Architects

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