Design for a staircase 1934
Design for a staircase for De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea by Eric Mendelsohn. All began from this humble drawing.On this rough sheet of paper, backed by tracing paper, Mendelsohn sketched his idea for the principal motif of the Bexhill pavilion, the staircase. Enclosed within a glass tower, this dominates the exterior and interior, the tower’s bold curves thrusting out towards the sea, at odds with the pavilion’s otherwise rectilinear forms. The staircase itself curves effortlessly up through the building, much like Mendelsohn’s fluid pencil strokes. Quite rightly, this has been called a modern masterpiece, a beacon of inspiration for British architects.