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Eyes Wide sHut
Michael Trainor Download Original
- Completed: Sep 2007
- Floor area: 10m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £20,000
- Address: Eyes Wide sHut, 37 Mablethorpe South Promenade, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, LN12, United Kingdom
Novel take on the traditional beach hut where the structure itself forms a framed seaside scene
The design was selected as one of four winners of a competition, which aimed to produce a linear gallery of dramatic seaside architecture for a 10-mile stretch of Lincolnshire coast.
This beach hut features two ornate picture frames, one facing the sea the other the land. These frames carry floor-to-ceiling mirrored polycarbonate panels reflecting the view of the beach to the front and of the town to the rear, as if someone had taken a picture and put it in the frame.
From the inside the one-way mirrors allow a perfectly transparent and unobstructed view, but seen from outside they are reflective.
The internal walls are clad with a full height, full width graphic of a forest clearing: an escape from the hot beach into a quiet cool woodland, the big windows at either end allowing a voyeuristic peep out back into the real world.
The empty plot next to the hut can be used as a garden. The mirrored front frame of the beach hut slides out, completely opening up the front of the hut, and by doing so sheltering the garden from the wind, whilst retaining a view of the beach and impressive coastline.