‘The World’s Thinnest Tower’ might be a dubious claim to fame, but it’s exactly what Brighton‘s newest landmark is going for
The British Airways i360 Tower opens on Thursday (August 4), and stands in the spot once occupied by the entrance to the town’s ruined West Pier.
Fitting, as the architects behind the project – husband and wife duo David Marks and Julia Barfield, who already boast the London Eye in their portfolio – conceived the tower as a “vertical pier”.
The tower juts 161m up from the seafront below, and offers visitors to its 360-degree curved-glass pod views of up to 26 miles of Sussex coastline.
But, as always with forward-thinking architecture, the project has divided opinions.
There are those in love with it…
— Chi Lee (@chilee_chi) August 3, 2016
— Suzanne Jones (@TheTravelBunny) August 3, 2016
— Jasmin Robertson (@Jas_Robertson) August 3, 2016
— Colin Philpott (@colinpmedia) August 3, 2016
— Piers Rutterford (@PiersRutterford) August 3, 2016
And those… not so much
I'll go up Brighton's new i360 tower when it can carry on past the top and fly around like Willy Wonka's glass elevator.
— DemonJim (@DemonJim) August 3, 2016
I appreciate the feat of engineering that went into building the i360 but it just doesn't suit Brighton, better off in a bigger city
— Rob Clewlow (@RobClewlow1) August 3, 2016
— Linda Freedman (@lindi_lmf) August 3, 2016
— fuffingmagic (@fuffingmagic) August 3, 2016
— Pete King (@PKing_Brighton) August 3, 2016
— Gary Marlowe (@gmarlowe) August 3, 2016
The i360 officially opens to the public on August 4, with a spectacular firework display to be seen for miles around.
But it’s not just the world’s thinnest tower; the i360 also holds a number of other accolades.
Chief Executive of i360, Eleanor Harris, said:
“We have built the world’s first vertical cable car, the world’s tallest moving observation tower, the world’s most slender tower.
“We are putting Brighton on the map and promoting the city around the globe.”