Architecture competition for iconic beach hut design

Zofia Ludwig Baked by the Sea Jun15 SUS-150427-153255003
Zofia Ludwig Baked by the Sea Jun15 SUS-150427-153255003

Architects are being invited to submit designs for iconic beach huts in a competition launched by Eastbourne Borough Council.

The competition will see five new community buildings inspired by beach huts be built on Devonshire Ward’s seafront.

The winning designs will be chosen by panel of judges from Eastbourne Borough Council.

The panel is Martin Jones, senior programme manager – Regeneration, HEDP, Annie Wills head of tourism at Eastbourne Borough Council, Cllr Margaret Bannister from the Driving Devonshire Forward Steering Group and famous sculptor Alex Chinneck.

Project manager Christine Harmar Brown said, “The aspiration is to encourage bold, imaginative designs that respond to the environment and expand the idea on how a beach hut might be used. A beach hut could be used as a performance space, as an exhibition space, a place to write or read or paint, a place for children to play, a dreaming place or somewhere to have an exclusive cream tea.

“The huts may be made of recycled material sourced from the beach and they might look like waves, or shell- or they might look like space pods and be made from steel. The hunt is on to find innovative designs that will impress our prestigious panel of judges. The winning submissions will be fully realised and be of benefit to the area way into the future.”

The huts will form part of the Coastal Culture Trail bike ride linking three award winning galleries: the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

In addition to inviting submissions from professional architects, a separate category is open to community members.

The winning community designer will work with the project’s consultant architect, and submit designs for a community arts project hut.

Judge Alex Chinneck has been the mastermind behind a number of major public artworks. He is currently working on a landmark project for the London Design Festival 2015

Alex Chinneck said, “I am delighted to be involved with Eastbourne’s Beach Hut competition. It’s a brilliant idea, which taps into the town’s heritage at the same time as looking to the future. There is a wealth of talent out there and we are expecting ideas that will be both practical and surprising. I am tremendously excited about what we will discover.”

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