Architecture at the
seaside is colourful, inventive and fun. Early piers were landing
stages for trippers arriving by boat but later became attractions
in themselves. The author outlines the fascinating history of pier
and pavilion construction, using many delightful colour
illustrations. Entertainment buildings boomed in the resorts of
late Victorian Britain: pleasure domes such as the Queen Palace at
Rhyl catered for huge crowds seeking inspiration and enjoyment
beside the sea.
In the 1930s modern movement
architecture flourished at the seaside, but idiosyncrasies still
abounded. Twenty-first-century seaside developments use good
design to produce an enjoyable environment: from Bridlington's
award-winning beach huts to Ilfracombe's Landmark Theatre, seaside
architecture continues to amaze and amuse.