• DATE 1999

West Park Apartments

Architects, Large-Scale Residential

Our design approach took its cue from the 1930’s architectural style of Grayson’s original West Park Pavilion, rather than responding to the traditional gabled forms, and rather bland appearance, of the Grande Hotel across from People’s Park. The strong curved towers with strip glazing are both sculptural and dramatic. The horizontality of the South Elevation is emphasised by the intermediately spanning balconies. The West, and in particular the East Elevations, reveal how the building is put together. The shape of the plan generates the three-dimensional form of the gables and set-backs. The functions behind the walls can be easily read by the way in which theses elements are modelled. The project aims to create a building which responds to the Islanders’ collective nostalgia for the original building, and a refined modernist building, set within a landscape that evokes its seaside setting.

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