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Tower of Love / dRMM

  • 01:00 - 27 September, 2012
Tower of Love / dRMM
Tower of Love / dRMM, © Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

© Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke © Alex de Rijke © Chris Astbury +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • Landscape Architect

    LDA Design
  • Lead Consultant

    LDA Design
  • Cost Consultant

    Gardiner & Theobald
  • Structural Engineer

    Michael Hadi Associates
  • M&E Engineer

    Michael Popper Associates
  • BREEAM Consultant

    Alan Pither Ltd
  • Contractor

    FParkinson
  • Client

    Blackpool Council
  • Area

    520.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The "Tower of Love" on the Tower Festival Headland is the first building to be built on the Golden Mile for a great many years. It provides a focal point for visitors; a large sea view restaurant and terrace with local tourist information office at promenade level, and registry offices with ceremony hall above.

© Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

Standing on a stepped concrete plinth containing recycled and phosphorescent glass, the engineered timber building is a deliberate eye-catcher and lookout point, clad in golden stainless steel shingles. The expressive form and detailing is a celebration of Blackpool's renowned exuberance, the bracing coastal weather combined with super-sustainable construction. The ‘telescopic’ wedding tower frames couples exchanging vows within a vertical view of Blackpool Tower, with Registry, reception and restaurant offering horizontal views of the Irish Sea.

© Alex de Rijke
© Alex de Rijke

Sited in collaboration with LDA Design’s new landscape along Blackpool's seafront: the building aligns with street views and contributes to the theme of an artificial dunescape. The Tower of Love is designed as a ‘useful sculpture’, set carefully on the steps between the Blackpool Illuminations experience and the sea. 

© Chris Astbury
© Chris Astbury
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