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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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The De La Warr Pavilion (1935) by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff.
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