The Huts Eastbourne
competition – The Huts Eastbourne
Usually unassuming in external appearance, the simple form of the beach hut can house a multitude of intimate and idiosyncratic spaces. These are often shrines to romantic and highly personalised ideals of the British seaside: the poetic retreat, the fisherman’s tackle box, or the nostalgic debris of family summer escapades.
Our proposal for Eastbourne is an extroversion of the whimsical interior life of the traditional beach hut. By day, a modular canopy cascades coloured sunlight, water, and glittering chain screens, projecting a patchwork of individual moments of varying privacy onto the shingle beach. A triple-folding door opens out to provide a wind-break, and allows the core of the hut to be safely locked away at the end of the day.
By dusk and dawn, external lighting within the canopy casts a soft glow welcoming the intrepid bather back from a bracing Channel plunge.