• John McAslan + Partners. De La Warr Pavilion.

    John McAslan + Partners. De La Warr Pavilion.

    De La Warr Pavilion.

De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill-on-Sea, UK. 2006

In 2006, the practice completed its long term, phased Heritage Lottery supported restoration and extension of Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff’s seminal Grade I listed De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on the south coast. The 1935 building is arguably Britain’s finest example of interwar ‘streamlined’ Moderne architecture. By the time John McAslan + Partners became involved in the early 1990s, many parts of the building’s fabric and services were life-expired, and visitor numbers had fallen significantly. The practice’s reinstatements and interventions drew on extensive historical and architectural research. The scheme included the remodelling of the auditorium and creation of a new art gallery, restaurant, and two new wings to house rehearsal and performance facilities. The transformed Pavilion has, in the last decade, become one of Britain’s most important and successful regional art venues, welcoming hundreds of thousands of patrons to its elegant facilities.

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'I was thrilled to see my father’s work so skilfully brought back to life.'

Esther Mendelsohn, daughter of Erich Mendelsohn

John McAslan + Partners. De La Warr Pavilion.External View.
John McAslan + Partners. De La Warr Pavilion.Internal View.
John McAslan + Partners. De La Warr Pavilion.External View.
John McAslan + Partners. De La Warr Pavilion.Internal View.