Following an open RIBA competition the studio was commissioned to design two rotating wind shelters for Blackpool’s newly regenerated South Shore Promenade. The shelters are designed to rotate according to the prevailing wind direction to shield the occupants from the elements. The shape was born out of a distillation of the key required elements: a vane, which will turn the structure, and a baffle that will shelter the inhabitant from the wind. The final shelters are 8 metres tall and manufactured from resilient ‘Duplex’ stainless steel. They sit on 4 metre diameter turntables, which incorporate a dampers to control the speed of rotation.
Client: Blackpool Borough Council