Faulty Towers is a radical new typology in Blackpool that challenges the conventional nature of tourism. Responding to the social conditions of the town today, Faulty Towers includes a hotel fit for young pleasure seekers and permanent residences for the active, senior local. The building roots itself in the urban fabric of the town as well as the rich character of the Blackpool’s past and present to reimagine forgotten virtues of the town: Health and Pleasure.
In the context of struggling coastal towns across the UK, the project attempts to explore how locals might also be acknowledged and therefore benefit from tourism.
The project criticizes the architecture of generic hotels being constructed today not only in Blackpool but across the country, which dilutes the character of the area and stifles social connections between the tourist and the local.
Furthermore, in reference to the aging population the project explores an alternative solution to the problem of housing the elderly, challenging the stereotype that aging is a time of stagnation, Faulty Towers encourages creativity, social connections and spontaneous, fun interactions.