Monday, February 22, 2016

Eastbourne beach huts competition shortlist

The shortlist for Eastbourne’s The Huts beach hut competition has been announced (more details at the official site here). The aim is to "create new visitor attractions and enhance Eastbourne’s reputation as a town embracing culture and design".

The architects’ shorlist is:

* Alvaro Fernandez from specialists in public library, automotive retailing workplace and higher education design - Bissett Adams for their design Pipe Dreams (above)
* Pol Gallagher from the winner of the 2012 competition to design the sculptural entrance to Dublin City University - ZAP Architecture for The Observatory (top)
* Stephen Foley from Dublin based SFA whose previous work includes Avondale Park Pavilion and the award winning Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies for his design What Unearthed? (pictured bottom)
* Jacob Low from Jak Studio, based in London and Sarajevo, whose recent projects include the Listening Project Booth for BBC Radio 4 for their entry Spyglass (pictured second from bottom)
* Alpa Depani and James Marrinan for The Shingle Hut
* James Hampton from the London based architectural and landscape design practice Periscope for The Driftwood Hut
* George King from London and Melbourne based George King Architects who created the beach hut House of Mirrors on Bondi Beach for his proposal Star Gazers’ Hut
* Ewen Miller and Kim Smith from the RIBA Award winning Calder Peel for Eastbourne Reborn

The finalists in the community category are local artist Lucy Dean , a group entry from students at Sussex Downs College under Sheila Hay and a group entry from Age Concern under Claire Shoosmith.

The shortlist of entries will be exhibited to the public March 9-14 at Gowland Court, 137 - 139 Seaside Road, Eastbourne. The outcome of the competition will be five bespoke designed iconic huts which will be sited at key locations in Devonshire ward, to the east of the pier, forming part of the route of the Coastal Culture Trail linking the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

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