Throughout history, the coast has spawned various architectural types of public infrastructure which enabled and enhanced the coastal experience. The British invention of the marine pier for instance was an architectural innovation that allowed the first coast tourists to walk on water, as it were, only without getting wet or seasick. The seafront promenade in turn was the public place to be for the well-to-do dawdler, but at the same time also an integral part of coastal defence as well as an efficient real-estate instrument along which the first prestigious ‘Grands Hotels’ could be erected. Lastly, the modern installations balnéaires in Ostend, Knokke, and Blankenberge integrated showers, changing rooms, luxury cabins, ticket sales, and steps leading to the beach.
18:35 - 7 January, 2016
http://www.archdaily.com/780030/ostend-beach-walk-competiton Rene Submissions
18:30 - 12 June, 2009
http://www.archdaily.com/24840/ad-round-up-beach-houses-part-ii Sebastian Jordana