Margate Sliding Wall

An unusual art installation
client  Alex Chinneck
architect  Alex Chinneck
value  £100,000
service  structural engineering

How do you slip the facade of a house? The inspiration for Alex Chinneck’s latest installation came from his work with existing buildings and some earlier work carried out with Ibstock Bricks.

After much searching an abandoned house on the Margate seafront was offered to Alex. Smith and Wallwork worked with Alex to design and 3D model the timber structure that supports the curved brick surface. We also designed the steel frame that was installed at the top of the building to stabilise the top floor and restrain the roof against the strong coastal winds.

The installation was opened in September 2013 and will remain in place until September 2014 when it will be removed and the site re-developed by Margate Council.

Photos courtesy Alex Chinneck