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The Van Alen is a modern block of 38 apartments and 4 mews houses on the site of a former BP petrol station and the Hannington'sAquarium Garage on the seafront in Brighton. It was designed by the British architect Peter Rutter and named after William Van Alen, the architect of New York City's Chrysler Building. It is a 21st-century interpretation of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles and was completed in 2001.  

Streamline Moderne, or Art Moderne, is a late type of the Art Deco architecture and design that emerged in the 1930s. Its architectural style emphasized curving forms, long horizontal lines and sometimes nautical elements.

The Team responsible for the design and construction of The Van Alen:

  • Architect: Peter Rutter, PRC Fewster
  • Structural Engineer: Hemsley Orell Partnership
  • M & E Consultant: Whitecode Design Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor: Berkeley Homes
  • Planning Supervisor: Berkeley Homes
  • Party Wall Surveyors: GVA Grimley
  • Plumbing: Jackson Plumbing and Heating Hove
  • Electrics: KT Electrics Ltd
  • Cladding: ICS Roofing ltd
  • Bris Soleil: White Partridge Ltd
  • Balustrades: Sovereign Stainless Fabrication Ltd
  • Roof covering: Fenland Flat Roofing Ltd
  • Render: Stoneguard Projects Ltd


Thank you 

We express our thanks to all those who have contributed to this web site by way of donating drawings, artifacts, time and energy and in particular to Berkeley Homes who built the building and for their support in creating the archive.


This web site is designed to be a repository for material relating to The Van Alen Building and the Mews Houses and we accept no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the information on this site. The drawings do not necessarily represent the final version of the building or houses as constructed.