ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK

10:05 - 5 August, 2016
British Airways i360, World's Tallest Moving Observation Tower, Opens in UK, British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air
British Airways i360 Drone. Image © Visual Air

UPDATE: We have added new night photos of the i360 as the ‘breathing’ lighting has been switched on for the first time. The lights were designed by Do-Architecture and can be programmed to display a range of color and pattern options.

David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects, explains, “The concept for the lighting at the top of the tower is that it ‘breathes’, gently increasing and decreasing in intensity at the average rate of a human being breathing at rest.”

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, British Airways i360, will open to the public this Thursday, August 4th. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the firm behind the iconic London Eye, the i360 tower will transport 200 visitors at a time up 138 meters to take in views of the city of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. With a height to width ratio of more than 40:1, the structure was also designated as the most slender tower in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records after topping out in February.

‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 ‘Breathing’ lighting on British Airways i360. Image Courtesy of British Airways i360 +55

Observation Pod at World’s Most Slender Tower Reaches Maximum Height

12:00 - 15 June, 2016
Observation Pod at World’s Most Slender Tower Reaches Maximum Height, © British Airways i360
© British Airways i360

After weeks of movement testing, the British Airways i360 observation pod has achieved its maximum height of 138 meters as the attraction enters final inspection phases in preparation for its opening this summer. As a part of “the world’s tallest moving observation tower,” the 18 meter diameter viewing pod will provide 360 degree views of the British seaside resort towns of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel, for to up to 200 passengers at a time.

We Like Today Reveals Winning Proposal for Sea Lanes in Brighton

12:45 - 5 May, 2016
We Like Today Reveals Winning Proposal for Sea Lanes in Brighton, Courtesy of We Like Today
Courtesy of We Like Today

We Like Today has released its bid-winning plan for a mixed-use leisure destination on the Brighton and Hove seafront, endorsed by the City Council. Wanting to reviving this part of the English coast as a destination for recreation and swimming, the proposal includes a 50 meter open air heated pool, lifeguard facilities, changing facilities, cafes and restaurants, yoga and exercise studios, indoor training facilities, therapy rooms, a boardwalk allowing disabled access to the beach, retail spaces, pop-up shops, conference facilities, and offices.

Courtesy of We Like Today Courtesy of We Like Today Courtesy of We Like Today Courtesy of We Like Today +6

Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Beachfront Observation Tower Confirmed for the British City of Brighton, Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton
Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects / i360 Brighton

British practice Marks Barfield Architects, famous for designing the London Eye, are a step closer to realising their latest urban observation structure: the i360 Brighton. This week the international team who created the London landmark were reunited on Brighton beach as as loans of more than £40 million have been agreed to begin the tower's construction. Bringing together companies from the UK, France (Poma), the USA (Jacobs Enginneering) and the Netherlands (Hollandia), the project has been described as "truly unique."