Bexhill’s DLWP voted one of 21 iconic UK structures

25/4/13- The De La Warr Pavilion, BexhillJPET What's On May14 SUS-140304-162521003
25/4/13- The De La Warr Pavilion, BexhillJPET What's On May14 SUS-140304-162521003

The De La Warr Pavilion has been voted as one of a number of structures in the UK that help define 21st century Britain.

The Independent Traveller, along with British Airway’s High Life magazine, asked readers to help select structures that most enrich the nation.

Thousands of votes were submitted which were eliminated down to just 40. These were then presented to a panel of judges for consideration.

Other structures which featured included Sir Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North in Gateshead.

The De La Warr Pavilion featured in a list of 21 buildings that readers chose.

Stewart Drew, director and chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted that the De La Warr Pavilion is being recognised as one of the buildings that define Britain in the 21st century. Now 80 years old, we have brought the original 1930s modernist vision of a people’s palace into the 21st century, offering arts and culture that is accessible to everyone.

“The pavilion sits proud as an innovative forerunner to national art centres such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, The Lowry and Sage Gateshead, that now make up the popular and thriving backbone of British culture.

“As the Angel of the North is synonymous with the cultural regeneration of the north of England, so the pavilion is the icon that is recognised as the catalyst for the cultural regeneration of the East Sussex coastline acting a magnet, along with Hastings and Eastbourne, to the cultural tourists who are increasingly boosting the economy of our seaside towns.”

The judging panel included Iwona Blazwick, director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery; Stephen Hodder, chairman of Hodder Associates and president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); Julia Bradbury, broadcaster with the BBC and ITV; architect Will Alsop, who, over the years, has won the Stirling Prize and the Civic Trust Award twice, as well as Kerry Smith, editor of High Life.

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