The glass viewing pod for British Airways i360, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects was topped out on Brighton beach in the UK on January 13, making way for the last phase of construction before the world’s tallest moving observation attraction opens this summer.
At 162 m high with an observation pod rising to 450 feet, the i360 will be the world’s first vertical cable car, offering a new perspective on the seaside city of Brighton. Sited at the root end of the historic West Pier on Brighton’s seafront, i360 has a slender, elegant design and is set to become a landmark for the city.
The futuristic glass pod will allow 200 visitors at a time to enjoy the surrounding view as it slowly unfolds and is ten times bigger than the capsules on the London Eye.
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 skilful 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 4.7m high and 18m wide, the pod will gently glide up to 138m (450 ft), 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.
More information can be found at britishairwaysi360.com