Thursday, 7 August 2014

Pavilion Stairs, Inside of the Outside and Amused Hues

"Pavilion Stairs" :- Grand isn't it! A mass of elegantly designed glass, stone and metal that curves, bends and sweeps with absolue grace. This is the staircase and part of interior of the De La Warr Pavilion which is on the seafront of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex, England. It was constructed in 1935 in the International Style (a major architectural style that is said to have emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, the formative decades of modern architecture) although many say it is in the  Art Deco style. It was designed by the architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and was the first welded steel frame building in the country. The building was opened on 12 December 1935 by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). The De La Warr Pavilion was granted £6 Million by the Heritage Lottery Fund & the Arts Council and has since undergone major restoration.

"Inside of the Outside" :- A very dark and gloomy image from me but non the less a fascinating one. This is a 'view' that very few get to see as it's way up out of public reach and in a room that not many know exists. The Middle Street Synagogue in Brighton is very famous for being a prime example of Victorian splendour. It's grandeur is only outshone by the Royal Pavilion's interior, nothing else comes close to it. If you look up at the building from outside in the street you will see an ornate round stone window right at the top of the building. Once inside the main hall the rare "Zodiac" window shines with natural light and radiates with its stained glass panels. But they are in fact two separarte windows with a 'hidden' room separating them. This is an image of the outside window as it appears from within the hidden room (now used as a store room). I was very kindly allowed to explore the Synagogue and go places where the public were not allowed ... what's more is that I was told I was free to take as many pictures as I wanted. I was overjoyed.

"Amused Hues" :- The full, proper and official name of this pier is the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier. For a very long time it became fondly known as the Palace Pier until it was informally and unceremoniously renamed the Brighton Pier in 2000 by its owners the Noble Organisation. It angered a lot of people when the name change happened and it still angers a lot of people now. Many still refer to it as the Palace Pier and I do too, always have and always will. Having said that Shakespeare wrote "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" (Romeo and Juliet) and he's right (or rather Juliette is as those were the words he put in her mouth. The basic sentiment being that names of things do not matter, it's what the things are that count. The pier has changed over the many years that its stood aganst the elements. It opened in 1899 and was thinner in places (especially at the end) and had less on it but it was still a fine and wonderful structure. I think it still is as it has retained much of its original history as other parts and sections have been added on. In 1986 it's grand theatre was removed and we were told that it was going to be replaced which it was, but not by a theatre. Instead we got an ugly metal dome that was instantly filled with beebing and bleeping machines and arcade games. It's still an amusement arcade now but now filled with digital beeps and bleeps in the hope they will encourage you to part with your money. Ona clear evening, just as the sun is setting the pier glows and radiates with colour. It's a reminder that we are after all a seaside resort and very famous City on the south coast of England.

All Photography Copyright © Justin Hill