First look: Moxon Architects
Pavilion, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Moxon Architects has revealed images of its design for a pavilion in Littlehampton, West Sussex. This is part of a wider scheme to enhance the tidal wall flood defences on the east bank of the lower River Arun, masterplanned by LDA landscape architects.
The compact structure is designed to provide opportunities for a number of uses, from a public information kiosk to a café, a self-contained ice cream parlour or small art gallery. It joins the nearby East Beach Café, designed by Thomas Heatherwick in 2007, and the West Beach Café, a sister pavilion completed by Asif Khan the following year.
Sited at the junction where the river meets the seafront, the building is intended to act as a focal point, enabling views out to sea and across to the sand dunes west of the river.
The form of the structure has been developed to give the impression that it rises up from the sea wall, following the line of the steps to the beach and aligning with the sea front. The projecting canopy will provide relief from light rain while the canted face to the inland elevation will provide shelter from driving wind.
The pavilion continues the palette used elsewhere, extending the concrete of the defence walls up into the mass of the building. Timber used for decking and seating in the landscape scheme will similarly be used for seating on the sloped roof of the pavilion.
The project has gone out to consultation and the client, Arun District Council, is exploring different avenues for funding.