URBAN COUTURE

THE BEACH HUT

- re-imagining the Beach Hut for the 21st Century -

Type

RECREATIONAL

 

Program

9 m2

 

Client 

LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY 

 

Location

MABLETHORPE, UK

 

Year

2006

 

Status

COMPLETED

 

Awards

FINALIST

2006 - 2015 PART OF TRAVELING EXHIBITION

 

The concept is simple and straightforward: an original hut, to be found along the Lincolnshire coast, is flipped it on its roof and turned it 90 degrees. The result is a sculptural form, which still can be recognized as a beach hut, but is original in a row with other huts.

 

A multifunctional piece of furniture divides the space into two equal parts. The element can be used as a place to prepare food and have a lunch or dinner, as storage space or as resting element to watch the skies and stars over the Lincolnshire coast. The top part can be used to play games, do yoga exercises or simply relax.

The entrance is a big door that can slide aside, pivot and put along the side of the hut. Like this it creates a large opening to enjoy the view to the sea. The large roof light generates daylight, but functions especially as an ‘eye to the sky’.

 

The hut becomes a place for contemplation and can for example temporarily be used as an atelier for an artist, the perfect place to escape from reality.