The first of a pair of viewing platforms earmarked for the seafront between Skegness and Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire has completed
The ‘wind tower’ by MSA-Gruff, a joint venture between architects Matthew Springett and Rhys Cannon, was one of two victors in the Structures On The Edge competition back in late 2011. Described as ‘a new sound landmark’, the installation was built entirely off-site and will be officially opened on 5 July.
Meanwhile the Salt Licks scheme designed by fellow contest winner Philip Hall-Patch has just won planning permission.
The proposed structure will be made up of large salt blocks and is described as ‘a 6m high canvas facing the North Sea which weathers over time from the effects of the sun, rain and wind-blown sand leaving a mark on its continually eroding surface.’
Construction is expected to begin next month and finish in July.
The architect’s view
Structures on the Edge: Wind Tower
‘Our project explores the nature of the extreme environment of the site: The point at which land sea and air meet in a shifting and ever changing marine landscape.
‘We’ve created a unique viewing tower that amplifies the wind on the site and makes connections to critical parts of the landscape: the moving sands; tideline; and emergent offshore wind-farm. By elevating the viewer within the site and controlling what they see and sense and new relationship to the site is created. The project was inspired by the childhood memories of leaning into the wind on the beach and the critical moment of trust in the force of the oncoming wind.
‘The project acts one of a number of landmark projects along the coast between Chapel Six Marshes and Mablethorpe further north encouraging further public exploration of this unique landscape as well as a specific waypoint to the adjacent beach access.
‘The project was entirely prefabricated off site.’
Previous story (AJ 08.12.11)
Revealed: Lincolnshire seafront viewing tower winners
The AJ can unveil the two winners in the Structures On The Edge competition for a pair of new viewing platforms on the seafront between Skegness and Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire
Launched last autumn, the contest is an the extension of Lincolnshire County Council’s arts and coastal regeneration programme which began in 2006 with the much-publicised Bathing Beauties beach hut competition.
The victors, which have recently signed contacts with the authority for design development and delivery of their structures, are: Salt Licks by emerging new practice Studio St Vitus, set up by architect Philip Hall-Patch and; Chapel Six Marshes by MSA-Gruff, a joint venture between architects Matthew Springett and Rhys Cannon.
Hall-Patch describes his scheme as a ‘two-storey high canvas of white salt bricks facing the north sea, designed to weather away over time and allowing nature to reveal the marks of the sun, rain and wind-blown sand’. The project is due to complete next summer.
MSA-Gruff proposal’s is billed as a ‘wind tower that amplifies the natural wind conditions of the site’. Plans are expected to be submitted before Christmas.