Analysis of the site and brief led to an architectural concept based on two folded plates, one in timber and the other in rusting steel.
The plates are deformed as if by the action of the sea, accommodating varying scales of space on the pier and at first floor level. The timber plate forms the floor of the first floor and folds down to the floor of the spectator’s space. The rusting steel plate is folded to shelter the internal spaces from the elements and provide a suitable surface for access to the roof. When the perforations in the steel surface are illuminated another ephemeral reading of the form will be revealed. The iconic image of the building will respond to the passing sun and seasons and will mark the position of the city from the sea, a welcoming beacon to the homeward bound seafarers and visitors alike.