Sitting proudly at the southern end of the site a beacon projects out from the ground. Abstracting the form of crashing waves, as well as Elvis’s signature quiff, this structure acts as a beacon to the town; a vertical pier; a wayfinding point between the Eastern Promenade and the Esplanade.

Fira was part of the Child Graddon Lewis team for this competition to design the unique harbourside facilities.

Our proposals for a mixed-use revitalising scheme at Cosy Corner centred around three key themes; a landmark, locality and futureproofing. These drove a considered approach to materiality, form, accessibility and sustainability. Whilst the modest built form is complemented by a dramatic, sculptural beacon, the landscaping reflects the changing nature of the coastline either side of the sea wall. As the name suggests, the Cosy Corner is protected from the dramatic, iconic incoming weather fronts that batter the esplanade and lighthouse, and our proposal put a protective arm around the new publicly accessible open space. The space is multi-use and programmable with the potential to serve as a backdrop for significant cultural events such as the world-famous Elvis Festival.

Collaboration with: Child Graddon Lewis

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