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The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,Burnham-on-Crouch.1931

There is hardly a room at the RCYC which doesn't open out onto a terrace or balcony overlooking the river. Moreover, the extensive glazing to that side of the rooms as well as the sparse horizontal metal handrails to the terraces mean that the building's users have a great visual awareness of activities on the river.

view from the lounge : photo the Curator 1997

The building was planned in section, with the landward northerly wall being sheer, with few window openings. The riverside southerly edge instead steps down in balconies or terraces, the lowest of which acts as access to the jetty.

side view : photo the Curator 1997

This shape of building - a sort of inhabitable grandstand for socializing in - was totally new in England at that time. It involved the spectators' terraces acting also as roofs, which is not traditional construction in England's rainy climate. At that time in England it was technically adventurous to provide a surface which could be walked upon.and which also shed rain reliably.

The RCYC isn't symmetrical. There is no applied ornament to the building. Instead the anatomy of the construction is exposed to express the functional character of the building.

closer side view : photo the Curator 1997