Weather-Watch Tower

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Location:
Bracknell
Client:
Bracknell Borough Council
Sector:
Culture, Civic and Sacred
Cost:
£1.5m
Status:
Concept

Awards

  • Royal Academy of Arts Non-Members Prize of Architecture, 1995

The Tower of the Winds was designed as a dramatic new symbol for Bracknell, then home of the Meteorological office. Weather-Watch was created to consist of two linked elements: an 80 metre high stainless steel tower containing petals of dichroic glass responding to the natural rhythms of wind and light and a children’s discovery centre which explains, in an educational and entertaining way, the forces shaping weather and climate. This project won £1.5 million of funding from the Millennium Commission.

The Tower of the Winds was designed as a dramatic new symbol for Bracknell, then home of the Meteorological office. Weather-Watch was created to consist of two linked elements: an 80 metre high stainless steel tower containing petals of dichroic glass responding to the natural rhythms of wind and light and a children’s discovery centre which explains, in an educational and entertaining way, the forces shaping weather and climate. This project won £1.5 million of funding from the Millennium Commission.

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Sustainable and environmental features:

  • Easily Demountable and Recyclable Materials
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Materials Chosen for Durability and Long Life
  • Off-site Construction
  • Reduce Time on Site
  • Robust Detailing