All images © British Airways i360 / drone images by Visual Air
It has been announced that the anticipated 162 meter high observation pod – the ‘British Airways i360’ – is officially opening to the public early August 2016. Located on the grade-I listed west pier in Brighton, UK, the vertical pier was designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects, recognized as the practice that conceived the famous London Eye attraction.
Acknowledged as the world’s most slender tower, the aim of the scheme is to provide locals and visitors a new and highly elevated experience of Brighton and Hove. Taking 11 years to develop, Marks Barfield Architects designed the British Airways i360 to operate even in windy conditions. The perforated aluminum cladding around the tower diffuses and disrupts the wind flow to reduce wind-induced vibrations. In addition, dampers are installed inside the tower to prevent vibrations and state-of-the-art cable car technology drives the pod up and down, while energy is generated on its descent. The pod can carry up to 200 people per ride, where passengers can walk around freely around the space with uninterrupted views.