We love architecture that has a relationship with nature. The Wind Tower leans into the wind on a beach in east England, amplifying its howls and whistles. The project designed by London-based MSA-Gruff embraces the extreme exposure and shifting landscapes of Lincolnshire's coast - between Chapel Six Marshes and Mablethorpe. This new tourist attraction was a proposal of the "Structures on the Edge" project organized by Arts NK and Lincolnshire County Council in 2011, subsequently completed in spring 2014.
The tower is inspired by childhood memories of leaning into the wind on the beach. Inside, visitors are exposed to controlled views of the surroundings, accompanied by a resonant sound of the wind created by the lowering chamber engaging a wind channel that allows the whole tower to act as a wind funnel that amplifies the natural conditions of the site.
Due to the constant movement within the sand dunes and danger of flooding, the architects decided to use durable materials. An internal steel frame with a metal sheet skin fulfill the performance requirements of the design and enable extensive re-fabrication off-site. This made it possible to construct the tower in just one day. The metalwork was galvanized throughout and a hardy maritime paint finish applied to the shroud and internal components further bolsters the building’s resilience.