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Atomikarchitecture wins 21st Century Pier competition

Atomikarchitecture have won a competition to design a new type of seaside pier for British resorts.

The winning design features a pier ending in an oval structure containing a marina and surrounded by stepped terraces.pier-pc3.jpg
The winning design features a pier ending in an oval structure containing a marina and surrounded by stepped terraces.
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See Atomikarchitecture's full proposal here.

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The competition was organised by the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA).

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Here's some info from the architects:

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Atomikarchitecture win “professional” category of Pier competition

The Atomik Pier has been judged the most realistic, sustainable and potentially successful design for a modern pier as part of BURA’s 21st Century Pier competition. The design incorporates a strong visual identity whilst offering flexible use of space and sympathetic connections within its environment.

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Designed to be a focal point of coastal regeneration initiatives, the people’s palace offers a visitor destination point in addition to providing a
centre for economic activities to enhance the local town and the community it is linked with.

The People’s Palace/The Atomik Pier results from a collaboration between Atomikarchitecture’s Mike Oades, together with the architect Christine Heil and environmental consultants XCO2.

The entry proposes a generic pier which can be adapted to suit any seaside town location, orientation and local needs. It makes full use of its environment, by the way it orients itself for the comfort of the visitor whilst maximising its own sustainability through the generation of heat; power: and passive heating and cooling.

This competition has generated ideas on how to make piers sustainable both environmentally and economically and how they could successfully contribute to the renewal and regeneration of Britain’s coastal towns during the 21st century.’

The 21st Century Piers Competition organised by the British Urban Regeneration Association was intended to generate ideas on how to make piers sustainable, environmentally, functionally and economically, so that they could successfully contribute to the renewal and regeneration of Britain’s coastal towns during the 21st century. As winners of the Professional category, atomikarchitecture are proud to have contributed to such a significant and unusual debate.