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Birnbeck Island

Weston‑Super‑Mare



RIBA / Urban Splash

Like multitude of lighthouses

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Like a naval vessel, a curved basement embraces the diverse elements of Birnbeck Island. Constructed five metres beneath the main pier, the basement is accessible from a ramp near the gate of the island. Its sequence of spaces links all the buildings on the island from below. The vessel design counterpoints the new tall buildings, in plan oriented following the orthogonal reference system created through existing signs. The method of occupying the void synthesises diverse schemes: tower, linear, cantilever and gate. In each of their narrow frontages, at the top, a big window marks the seascape creating a panorama like multitude of lighthouses.


English translation: Charles Searson


1890’s photography

Eugenius Birch, Birnbeck Island, Weston-Super-Mare, 1866. Photography: Anonymous, 1890

Eugenius Birch, Birnbeck Island, Weston‑Super‑Mare, 1866. Photography: Anonymous, 1890


Masterplan

By Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Birnbeck Island, [masterplan], Weston-Super-Mare, 2007.

Antonino Cardillo, masterplan, Birnbeck Island, Weston‑Super‑Mare, 2007.


CGI

By Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Birnbeck Island, RIBA, Weston-Super-Mare, 2007. CGI: Antonino Cardillo Antonino Cardillo, Birnbeck Island, RIBA, Weston-Super-Mare, 2007. CGI: Antonino CardilloAntonino Cardillo, Birnbeck Island, RIBA, Weston-Super-Mare, 2007. CGI: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Birnbeck Island , Weston‑Super‑Mare, 2007.


Data

  • Time: Oct. 2007
  • Place: Birnbeck Island, Weston‑Super‑Mare, Somerset, UK
  • Area: 9,000 m² (eleven storeys)
  • Typology: pier

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Credits

  • Architecture design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Client: RIBA / Urban Splash

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