Brighton’s i360 was named one of the UK’s best new buildings at last night’s best of British architecture 2017 awards hosted by The Royal Institute of British Architecture.
Every year, the RIBA awards the best buildings created in the UK within the last 12 months. Last night’s ceremony saw one of the precious awards being handed to Brighton’s new 162-metre observation tower down at the seafront.
Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, who have also created the London Eye, the British Airways i360 features an innovative design with its giant glass-and-steel doughnut moving up and down the 531ft pole. The construction is also considered to be the world’s tallest moving observation tower.
During the ceremony, RIBA president Jane Duncan said: “I am delighted to see such confident, innovative and ambitious architecture delivered in such challenging times.”
49 buildings in total have been named this year. Other awarded constructions include the new wing for London’s Tate Modern, the Victoria Gates shopping centre in Leeds and the new pier in Hastings.