Tuesday, March 27, 2007

People, Places, Things: De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill.



Places -- De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill.
May 1935, Eric Mendelsohn, Serge Chermayeff

Is a place I went to last Friday for a BME health event organised by Rother Race Action Forum. Art Deco building huddled along the Southeast coast and sits by the sea. White, slightly salt-eaten, was designed and feels like being on board a ferry destined to France, or hopefully locations more exotique.

Apparently the DLWP had a massive heritage funding grant to the tune of £8 million, which is not the biggest sum of money when you see how large the place is. Apparently, the money was not very well-spent (this is heresay), with quite a number of corners cut during refurbishment and apparently the place needs even more work now. I have also heard that the current programmer is not pulling in the ticket sales, which is unfortunate, and having only visited the area once, I did wonder what the average clientele for the area might want, considering that the region is part of a huge urban redevelopment.

Still, the building is well-known, well-loved and a surprising spot of beauty. Love at first site.

well, maybe not love, but admiration. It reminds me that there are places, life outside of Brighton, and I shouldn't leave it down to work to seek them out.

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