Eastbourne beach huts competition – winners revealed

The competition for Eastbourne’s Iconic Beach Competition has reached its climax as judges announce the winners.

The five bespoke designed iconic huts 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 three award winning galleries: Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

The winners are:

  • Stephen Foley from Dublin-based SFA for his illuminated ghost-like structure What Unearthed?
  • Jacob Low from Jak Studio for his window on the world Spyglass
  • George King from London and Melbourne-based George King Architects for the stellar designs of Star Gazers’ Cabin
  • Ewen Miller and Kim Smith from the RIBA Award-winning Calder Peel for the joyfully bright sun-filled Eastbourne Rebourne

The winner in the community category is local artist Sheila Hay and students from Sussex Downs College with their beautifully crafted ceramics hut.

Last September, a call was issued for submissions of designs for new beach huts to become landmark symbols of the town’s Devonshire ward. The project invited submissions from two separate categories – one from practicing, registered architects and the second from members of the community to work with the project’s consultant architect.

The judging panel was comprised of Martin Jones, Senior Programme Manager – Regeneration, HEDP, Annie Wills Head of Tourism, Eastbourne Borough Council, Cllr Margaret Bannister Driving Devonshire Forward Steering Group representative, architect Jane Montague and special guest judge – ground- breaking sculptor Alex Chinneck, who recently completed a landmark project for the London Design Festival 2015.