'There seems to be an innate desire to view the earth and its cities from exceedingly high places.'
British Airways i360 (BA i360) is the world’s tallest moving observation tower: a 162m tall vertical tower with a fully enclosed futuristic glass observation pod that lifts 200 passengers to a height of 138m, offering panoramic 360-degree views. BA i360 is a modern-day ‘vertical pier’, inviting visitors to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city.
The steel tower is the world’s most slender tower, with a height-towidth ratio of more than 40:1. The innovative construction methodology using a novel topdown “jack-up” method of building the tower enabled the tower to be erected in 10 weeks.
The project has created over 150 new jobs and acted as a catalyst for regeneration for the west seafront area. Eleven years in the making from design to reality, BA i360 is the brainchild of architect-entrepreneurs David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects.