Henry Goss Architects in collaboration with Strom Architects has developed a proposal for a residential landmark tower adjacent to Fort Albert, on the Western end of the Isle of White, marking the Western Approach to the Solent.
The Solent is surrounded by famous landmarks, such as the Victorian Forts and famous lighthouses, but more recently new towers and chimneys. These form an important part of the Solent landscape.
The proposed tower sits on a concrete base which draws inspiration from Fort Albert and Hurst Castle on the mainland opposite.
The site is very exposed and calls for a robustness in design and choice of materials. The current fort is brick and concrete, and built on a base that is edged with sheet piling that has a subtle rusted patina.
The horizontal element of the design is a 3-storey fair-faced concrete volume with apartments of various sizes and aspects of the Solent. The tower’s CorTen weathering steel cladding is inspired by the colour of the old brick and the rusty quayside steel.
The design aims, in terms of both design and materiality, to create permanence and robustness that sees this scheme form a new and worthy addition to the “Towers of the Solent.”