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Date published: 2007/09/10

The De La Warr Pavilion, by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff, is one of the most famous modernist buildings in the UK. It was opened in 2006 after an extensive renovation, although the western end of the building is still being worked on. These buildings have to be painted white, and so they look best in blue sky. And needless to say, the south-facing facade has a suitable amount of glass. The huge roof terrace (one thing the modernists did well) was designed for exercise displays (a big fad of the day). But the star of the show is the majestic spiral staircase and in particular the staircase chandelier. The town of Bexhill-on-Sea does not look capable of supporting the building by itself, it really requires tourists, and lots of them. But the tourism is seasonal, and September is already getting to be a quiet period. Unfortunately the beach is not great (horrid stone), which does not help bring the tourists in.

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