Tower of Love

by dRMM

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
Looking over the Irish Sea, this three-story building covered in shimmering golden scales attracts seaside visitors to a restaurant and tourist information center.

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
Atop the concrete plinth is an eye-catching wedding chapel with registry offices.

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
A tall protruding window frames Blackpool’s famous tower – a memorable, not to mention unconventional – backdrop to the exchange of wedding vows.

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM

photography by Chris Astbury

The building is constructed from CLT(Cross Laminated Timber) – large engineered timber panels – which are left exposed to give the woody interior a contrasting feel to the shiny exterior.

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM

Below is the text by dRMM describing the project:

“The "Tower of Love" on the Tower Festival Headland is the first building to be built on the Golden Mile for a great many years. It provides a focal point for visitors; a large sea view restaurant and terrace with local tourist information office at promenade level, and registry offices with ceremony hall above.

Standing on a stepped concrete plinth containing recycled and phosphorescent glass, the engineered timber building is a deliberate eye-catcher and lookout point, clad in golden stainless steel shingles. The expressive form and detailing is a celebration of Blackpool's renowned exuberance, the bracing coastal weather combined with super-sustainable construction. The ‘telescopic’ wedding tower frames couples exchanging vows within a vertical view of Blackpool Tower, with Registry, reception and restaurant offering horizontal views of the Irish Sea.

Sited in collaboration with LDA Design’s new landscape along Blackpool's seafront: the building aligns with street views and contributes to the theme of an artificial dunescape. The Tower of Love is designed as a ‘useful sculpture’, set carefully on the steps between the Blackpool Illuminations experience and the sea.”

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
1F Plan

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
2F Plan

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
3F Plan

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
West Elevation

JA+U : Tower of Love by dRMM
South Elevation