Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter Competition

Bexhill on Sea Shelter Competition - Wave 1 - 1 - 23-7-09

Though not in a position to enter the competition I thought I would sketch a few concepts for the new shelters that are planned for the West Parade Promenade at Bexhill-on-Sea.  RIBA are currently running a competition on behalf of Rother District Council for four new shelters and a refreshments kiosk which will form part of the Next Wave Seafront Improvement Project.

Bexhill on Sea Shelter Competition - Wave 1 - 3 - 23-7-09

My initial approach – let’s call it “Wave” – provides three areas of protected seating that face east/west along the seafront and also out to sea.  The use of transparent screens on the three curved seating areas allows occupants to view the seaward view from either of the side (east/west) benches even when the wind might be too brisk to sit on the direct sea-facing bench.  A small central area provides further protection – but still with full visibility – for even the the wettest and windiest of days.  Some of the modular roof panels could optionally be replaced with solar panels in order to generate electricity for night lights and an information display that could be fed with local news from the town’s wireless network.

Bexhill on Sea Shelter Competition - Wave 1 - 2 - 23-7-09

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