ROSSALL POINT OBSERVATION TOWER
This RIBA award winning tower has the appearance of falling forwards, as if it is toppling over.
It is an interesting appearance for a building on a beach. Despite not actually being built on the beach itself, it almost seems as though it is sinking in to the sand, mirroring the common expression of not building on sand. I feel this is a good response to the building’s location.
The inside of the building, however, remains at a normal horizontal to allow people to negotiate the building properly. One of the problems with this design though is that there is a lot of wasted space. In the confines of our 25sqm brief, every bit of space is valuable and as such wasting space could become a much bigger problem.
I also feel that within the building appears rather dark compared to the outside. Looking at the top image, it is a very bright, sunny day. However there is a lot of shadow on the side of the building which contains the windows. The rendered section certainly gives the impression of it being darker than I feel is ideal.
I like the way that the tower’s observation areas are angled. By doing this, the studio has encouraged certain views and by making the angles opposite on each floor, further interaction is influenced on the user by making them explore the building more to get the different views.