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De Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects : Hastings Pier

Following its destruction by a fire in 2010, the Hastings jetty (United Kingdom) was renovated last year by the London agency Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects, better known as dRMM. The opportunity for the city to redefine uses and appropriations of this majestic pier of 11 200 square meters and its two pavilions.

The intervention of the Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects agency consisted in the rehabilitation of this vast moat with a length of 280 meters and its Victorian house having withstood the flames; but also in the realization of a new pavilion, installed in the continuity of the historical building, at the entrance of the jetty. These two reception areas overlooking La Mancha are organized according to a plan fully adaptable to many programs, ranging from the circus to the concert hall through the market hall.

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The new building, located in the center of the dike, is an information center built of wooden frame, barded with recovery boards from the old pontoon and arranged in fishbone, thus bringing a little bit of dynamism in a place characterized by the horizontality of its structure and its landscape. Its stepped rooftop terrace also serves as a public gazebo accessible from the outside, providing seated visitors with views of the city and the ocean.

The wooden deck covered with wood is also punctuated with stands to look like beach cabins, made available to exhibitors during the events.

The renovation of pier is part of a broader project to improve the Seafront Promenade and will soon be fully covered by a mobile wooden roof that can house the entire platform, in order to receive new events.

An exemplary renovation that takes into account the scale of construction as well as its urban impact.

To learn more, visit the site of De Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects

Photographs: Alex De Rijke

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