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RIBA South Great British Buildings - The Lookout

Take an exclusive look at one of this year’s RIBA South Award winning buildings, as we join the architect for a one-off architectural talk and tour as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building an RIBA Award winner.

Take an exclusive look at one of this year’s RIBA South Award winning buildings, The Lookout at Lepe Country Park.

Join the architect for a one-off architectural talk and tour as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building an RIBA Award winner.

The Lookout at Lepe Country Park evokes the action of its namesake. One can’t help but look out towards the sea and admire the framed views of the wild, tempestuous horizon dotted with silver sails and white horses.

The building is strategically raised two and a half metres above the sand, at the one hundred year predicted extreme weather high-water level. A sobering thought, but one architects must design for, nonetheless. In keeping with the character of the wind-swept coast, the café’s slanted roof forms a serene connection between the towering pines and the ever-changing coast.

Walking through the pines towards the refurbished pit-stop evokes a sense of robust calmness, in part induced by the boundless views, but more notably by the thought-out materiality and scale of the refuge.