The glass viewing pod for British Airways i360, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects was topped out on Brighton beach today, making way for the last phase of construction before the world’s tallest moving observation attraction opens this summer.
The construction team attached the final segment to the 162 metre tower earlier this afternoon, forming a breathtaking futuristic glass viewing pod which is ten times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye and can hold up to 200 people.
David Marks commented, “It is incredibly exciting to see the pod finally take shape on the tower. The team from Poma have done a remarkable job, both in terms of the craftsmanship of the handmade pod as well their skillful and swift assembly.”
Julia Barfield said, “This is an extremely important moment for us. The pod is completed and it looks stunning. The fluid form of the glass sits beautifully in its beachfront setting and the mirrored underside will cast reflections of the naturally shifting shapes of the sea and sky.”
At 4.7 metres high and 18 metres wide, the pod will gently glide up to 138 metres (450 feet), offering a gradually unfolding view of Brighton & Hove, the English Channel and 26 miles of Sussex coastal landscape.
The next key project milestone will be when the team runs test flights for the pod in spring.
Keep up to date with the progress of the project here.