De La Warr Pavilion
by Terri Whitehead
Located in the British town of Bexhill-on-Sea, the De La Warr Pavilion is a striking example of international modernism. It was built in 1935 by celebrated architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and has recently reopened following a renovation that rescued it from decades of neglect and damage.
Seventy years ago, Mendelsohn dubbed the sleek, streamlined form of the pavilion a "horizontal skyscraper." Today, the building does not look dated at all — its form remains iconic, simple, and bold. Inside there is a feeling of glamour and spaciousness despite the building's modest footprint.
London architects John McAslan + Partners were appointed in 1991 to prepare a long-term strategy for the site, which included a staged restoration and sympathetic redevelopment of the building. The first phase, completed in 2000, saw the remodeling of the auditorium to bring it in line with current needs.
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