East Beach Cafe is a south-facing single storey building. The new Cafe is lower than the previous application and takes a long, undulating form, in consideration of the fact that the location is dominated by the horizon. The thin footprint has developed from the dual constraints of the public promenade at the front and the utilities running along the rear of the site. The shell of the building provides both its skin and structure. It comprises a steel outer layer, which is cut at a shallow angle into a series of vertical slices. Its rippling form conjures up a wide variety of visual metaphors. One of the goals of the design was to add a level of interest and detail to the rear view of the Cafe that would work both close-up and at a distance. Its impact on the South Terrace Conservation Area and for passers-by on Sea Road has been carefully considered as part of the design development.
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