We entered the Eastbourne The Huts design competition because the brief sounded like an exciting opportunity to exercise our design skills. We enjoy challenging ourselves, and the prospect of developing a creative response within a tight budget was a fantastic opportunity.
Our dynamic team ncludes a varied range of skills that have all been incorporated within our design delivery. Each member of the team has had an idividual input. As we all have a passion for community based schemes, the desire for the beach hut to be iconic and provide a new local facility was an extremely stimulating and rewarding project for us to become a part of.
THE DESIGN Re-bourne takes the form and shape of a traditional beach hut but that is where the similarities stop. The project has been designed to contrast sensitively with its surroundings. This project has been created to stand out as a beacon to mark the regeneration of the area.
COMMUNITY A traditional beach hut is a private facility which offers little to the community other than its presence. Re-bourne’s main aim is to offer everything it can to the community. The architecture and construction celebrates the annual local community waste collection from the beach acting as a celebration of this activity. Functionally the hut also offers a static and dynamic performance and display space as a traditional performance venue, or as a more intimate display space or a public presentation vehicle Re-bourne opens up to the community in every way possible.
MATERIALS Re-bourne is clad in gabion walls filled with a variety of recycled plastic bottles. Each of these will offer the opportunity for community groups, organisations and individuals to leave a message in, acting as a visible time capsule for the town. The rest of the building is a steel structure with galvanised steel shutters with one of the elevations given over to a translucent screen upon which will be projected images and messages. It will have power and water supply.
Photography by Mike Park.