BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

London Eye architects erect world's tallest moving observation tower

Now Reading:

London Eye architects erect world's tallest moving observation tower

London Eye architects erect world's tallest moving observation tower
Text size Aa Aa

From the architects that brought you the London Eye comes the world’s tallest moving observation tower: the British Airways i360 in the southern English city of Brighton.

The tower ran its first ‘test flight’ on Wednesday, giving visitors a 360 degree panoramic view from 450 feet (137 metres) in the air.

With capacity for up to 200 passengers at a time, the £46 million (54 million euro) i360 will offer visitors a unique view of Brighton’s iconic coastline on each 20 minute trip.

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, a London-based firm whose work includes the London Eye and the treetop walkway in Kew Gardens, the tower is hoped to “delight”, “entertain”, and “inspire” people.

Architect David Marks said: “Our idea behind this is very simple. It is to give people pleasure.”

Divided opinion

However the tower has divided local opinion, with some Brighton residents calling it a “stunning” piece of modern architecture, and others viewing it as a “monster” that ruins Brighton’s iconic promenade.