This is last but one holiday post but I promise I will squeeze something else soon.
On day three we decided against going to Hastings as planned, this was very much due to a conversation between our lovely hostess and a couple of guests where they stated that it is not nice at all. Instead we headed to Bexhill-on-Sea to see the De La Warr Pavilion and enjoy the seaside.
I’ve been wanting to see this Modernist building for many years. I say Modernist but many would argue it is in fact Art Deco, what it is precisely is an International Style and the building is the second Modernist building in Britain after the Hornsey Town Hall in London’s Crouch End.
It was built in 1935 by a Russian and a German architect practicing in England and its purpose was to attract more tourists to Bexhill. The original plans had a massive swimming pool with a pier coming into the sea. Can you imagine how fantastic that would be?
The building reminds me of an ocean liner with the beautiful banisters and clean shapes. The spiral staircase is spectacular. The chairs are by Alvar Aalto. The restaurant is definitely a good place for lunch or coffee with its sea views and good salads.
Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea… by Richard Wilson. That famed line from The Italian Job.
The landscaping along the beach is another thing worth mentioning. It is, for me, the perfect design that works with the surrounding area and will age well while remaining modern and original. It was lovely to see something contemporary, even though the town is mostly Victorian we weren’t treated to the old tired pier. The colours blended beautifully with the pebbles and I was very impressed with the choice of plants. Another great thing about it was that it was very interactive and inviting, my toddler stayed amused for well over an hour. Very clever Bexhill-on-Sea.
The town needs the same treatment, it looked like it was stuck in the 70s and begged for a facelift but if you are after a day in the seaside the Pavilion will provide you with everything you need including a nice gallery shop and good food.
De La Warr Pavilion
Marina, TN40 1DP