The Tower of Love, perched on the Blackpool seafront was designed by dRMM and incorporates Lignacites planished Roman Brick, a product developed in collaboration with the architect.
The concept was to create a civic space that framed couples between the ocean and the Blackpool Tower, as they exchanged their marriage vows. At ground level a restaurant connects promenade and horizon views.
Festival House has outwardly pitched walls, exaggerating its scale from all angles. The engineered timber construction is set on a plinth. The Roman Brick has been used as cladding to protect the walls from the Atlantic weather.
The blocks are made from recycled glass which is bound together in a limestone matrix and then planished. Planishing is a technique that creates a polished finish, but with a degree of texture.
On the main building it has been stepped to create small overhangs and interest with additional shadow. The overall result combines recycling and sculptural form.
Photographs courtesy of dRMM Architects - www.drmm.co.uk
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