What makes this building so unusual is the fact that it is designed to be a series of overlapping, offset decks so that every point in the building has an unobstructed view of the sea.
The simple, geometric design is livened up by this distribution on offset levels of different amplitudes, creating effects of light and shadow. The impression one gets is that the different blocks are projecting out toward the sea so that spectators in the bars and restaurants and on the decks are "in the front row". But the element that truly links the building with the open sea is a bridge extending toward the water in the direction of the offshore race routes. The decks, arranged to offer shelter from the sun, are Chipperfield and b720's response to the need for a new building that would be both symbolic and capable of offering America's Cup spectators the utmost comfort.