Beach Shelters in Bexhill offer sustainable solution to tumultuous British weather
England may be in the throes of an Indian Summer but over the next few months horizontal rain is sure to pelt the graying shores as sea mist rolls over the UK’s pebbly beaches. Lucky then that Millimetre and Duggan Morris Architects, the designers behind the recently completed Bexhill Beach Shelters, selected Kebony as a collaborative force in their latest build.
The sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood has been implemented in a series of four sculptural beach shelters that now adorn the Bexhill coastline, offering a durable and eco-friendly solution to the south coast’s unpredictable weather.
Duggan Morris Architects and design studio Millimetre worked in close collaboration on this modest yet beautifully crafted scheme, taking pole position in a design competition for the project run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The shelters’ steel frames form a durable base for the Kebony Scots Pine cladding, complimented by Kebony Southern Yellow Pine bench furniture.
Over the years the warm tones of the selected material will gently weather to a silver grey patina, withstanding the erratic British climate with its patented ‘Kebonization’ process. Jan Terje Nielsen, Director of Marketing for Kebony comments: “Millimetre has come up with a truly original and ground-breaking development at Bexhill, marrying cutting edge architecture with a careful consideration of the area’s traditional landscape and natural beauty.”
Ivan Clarke, Director of Millimetre reflected: “I particularly liked the Southern Yellow Pine boards that we used for the benches within the shelters as the timber has a great consistency of colour and feels like a furniture grade hardwood.”