Eastbourne beach hut competition’s international longlist

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Organisers of a competition to design an iconic beach hut in Eastbourne say they have been ‘blown away’ by entries after announcing a longlist of designs.

The list of 12 finalists was revealed this week after judges received designs from more than 50 leading architects from around the world.

The designs – for five new seafront community buildings in the Devonshire Ward – will remain under wraps until a shortlist of six is announced in January. Designs will be on public display between March 9 and 14 next year.

Martin Jones from Eastbourne’s housing and economic development partnership, said, “I’ve been blown away by the quality and design ideas that architects have submitted. It was really tough to select just 12 for longlisting from more than 50 entries.

“My thanks to all those architects who entered and I’m looking forward to the designs the community submit and to the next, exciting phase of this innovative project, selecting the shortlist in January.”

The competition was launched in September as part of the Driving Devonshire Forward, an initiative by Eastbourne Borough Council to improve housing and tourism in the area.

The competition, which also includes a category for amateur entries, will see the huts built along the route of the coastal culture trail, which links the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

The council says it hopes the huts will become a major tourism attraction

Christine Harmar Brown, project manager, said, “The breadth and quality of the proposals we have had is astounding and is a real endorsement of the scope and ambition of the competition itself.

“It was a difficult process to narrow the selection down to a longlist but in these 12 we have the very best of some very strong proposals. We are very much looking forward to the next stage and unveiling the designs for the shortlist in the New Year.”

The architects’ longlist, which includes proposals from as far and wide as Melbourne, Sarajevo, Madrid and Dublin, includes:

–Alvaro Fernandez from Bissett Adams specialists in public library, automotive retailing workplace and higher education design.

–Pol Gallagher from ZAP Architecture the winner of the 2012 competition to design the sculptural entrance to Dublin City University.

–Stephen Foley from Mangera Yvars a Dublin and Madrid based firm whose previous work includes Avondale Park Pavilion and the award-winning Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies.

–Jacob Low from Jak Studio, based in London and Sarajevo, whose recent projects include the Listening Project Booth for BBC Radio 4, Villa Brash in Saint Tropez and London’s first ‘Invisible House’.

–Alpa Depani and James Marrinan from London based Romp Designs.

–Peter Noel from Studio 2FLA - an emerging practice specialising in architecture, design and 3D visualisation.

–Christopher Rainsford from Calford Seaden whose work includes schools, retirement villages and distribution centres.

–James Hampton from Periscope a London based architectural and landscape design firm.

–Tanya Griffiths from the Ipswich architects Concertus.

–George King from London and Melbourne based George King Architects who created the beach hut House of Mirrors on Bondi Beach

–Ewen Miller and Kim Smith from the RIBA Award winning Calder Peel

–Sean Redmond from Bristol based PH3 Designs.

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