Architecture

Take a ride to the top of the world's skinniest tower

The building has the proportions of a supersized supermodel, with a height-to-width ratio exceeding 40:1
The building has the proportions of a supersized supermodel, with a height-to-width ratio exceeding 40:1
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The building has the proportions of a supersized supermodel, with a height-to-width ratio exceeding 40:1
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The building has the proportions of a supersized supermodel, with a height-to-width ratio exceeding 40:1
View from the top: On those rare sunny British days, visibility in the pod promises to be up to 26 miles (42 km)
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View from the top: On those rare sunny British days, visibility in the pod promises to be up to 26 miles (42 km)
The project took two years of actual construction, with the bill coming in at £42.2 million (around US$55.8 million)
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The project took two years of actual construction, with the bill coming in at £42.2 million (around US$55.8 million)
The successful opening of the British Airways i360 marks the culmination of 12-years of work for Marks Barfield Architects
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The successful opening of the British Airways i360 marks the culmination of 12-years of work for Marks Barfield Architects
The tower allows visitors to take in views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast, and the English Channel
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The tower allows visitors to take in views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast, and the English Channel
The pod's descent uses energy regeneration tech to generate almost half of the electricity required to power its next ride upwards.
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The pod's descent uses energy regeneration tech to generate almost half of the electricity required to power its next ride upwards.
The pod itself weighs 94 tonnes (105 US tons), has a capacity of up to 200 people, and includes seating and a bar
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The pod itself weighs 94 tonnes (105 US tons), has a capacity of up to 200 people, and includes seating and a bar
The journey to the top will take 20 minutes during the day or 30 minutes at night
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The journey to the top will take 20 minutes during the day or 30 minutes at night
The pod was designed by the same firm behind the London Eye's gondolas
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The pod was designed by the same firm behind the London Eye's gondolas
Tickets cost £13.50 ($18) for adults and £6.75 ($9) per child
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Tickets cost £13.50 ($18) for adults and £6.75 ($9) per child
The tower itself measures 162 m (531 ft), but the pod will rise to a maximum height of 138 m (452 ft)
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The tower itself measures 162 m (531 ft), but the pod will rise to a maximum height of 138 m (452 ft)
Inside the i360 pod
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Inside the i360 pod
Looking toward the east from the i360's pod
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Looking toward the east from the i360's pod

Rising 162 m (531 ft) over Brighton, the British Airways i360 is recognized as the world's skinniest tower by Guinness World Records. From Thursday, August 4, members of the public will be able to ride to the top in a futuristic glass pod, grab a beer, and enjoy what promises to be one of the best views in England.

The official launch of the British Airways i360 marks the culmination of 12 years of work for designers Marks Barfield Architects, the firm responsible for the London Eye. The project will have taken exactly two years from start of construction to opening, with the bill coming in at £42.2 million (around US$55.8 million).

From Thursday, visitors will take a sedate 20 minute (30 minutes at night) journey up the tower in a double-glazed pod and enjoy choice views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast, and the English Channel.

Looking toward the east from the i360's pod
Looking toward the east from the i360's pod

The donut-shaped pod itself weighs 94 tonnes (105 US tons), has a capacity of up to 200 people, and includes seating and a bar, the latter only open at night. On those rare sunny British days, visibility in the pod from the maximum height of 138 m (452 ft) promises to be up to 26 miles (42 km).

The pod's descent harnesses energy regeneration tech to generate almost half of the electricity required to power its next ride up

Ticket prices start at £13.50 ($18) for adults and £6.75 ($9) per child.

Source: British Airways i360

1 comment
Norm Frey
The Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas is 1200 feet tall, not quite as skinny, but has rollercoaster type thrill rides at the top.