The architect responsible for some of the world’s most exciting buildings visited Brighton & Hove's new library yesterday to present his evolving ideas for the King Alfred site on Hove seafront.
Gehry explained that the tall towers of the original scheme have been reduced in number to two and size to around 20 storeys in response to views expressed by the community. Ironically the influential Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) thought that they were now too short.
He explained in some detail how the vision of Victorian ladies in their skirts and bustles taking a stroll along the promenade had influenced his initial designs for the tower blocks although he is still working on the finished cladding which may well be glass rather than his trademark metal.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has been represented on the consultation panel for the site for the last eighteen months and will be responding to the preliminary designs that Gehry has presented.
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