Gallery: Prefabricated Southend Pier Cultural Centre Sits At the End of...

The new Southend Pier Cultural Centre is a meeting place that sits at the end of a 2.16 km (1.6 mile) pier on the west coast of the UK. Southend Pier is the world's longest pleasure pier - it juts out into the Thames Estuary and has been used for over a century to provide access to the sea during both high and low tide. Designed and prefabricated offsite by Swedish firm White Arkitekter in collaboration with UK-based Sprunt, the center's form was inspired by the wind and waves. Built from durable, low-maintenance materials, the center is energy-efficient and features wind power and sea water heating/cooling to reduce its carbon footprint.

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  1. sushah September 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    well here we see the use of tapered steps yet again cutting across the main circulation route – consider people leaving the centre at night when the steps are slippery and have to negotiate the ramp crossing their path! Many will prefer to use the ramp – elderly people not keen to use steps without a hand rail, parents with buggies and wheelchair users. Love the overall idea but the detail on the approach is disapointing. Any thoughts on this?

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