Ebb & Flow

Studio Hark, Norfolk, 2018


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Contrasting views of land and sea are framed by two timber pavilions that young designers Studio Hark have built on a beach in Norfolk, England.

Entitled Ebb & Flow, these small, temporary shell-like structures focus on notions of perspective and viewpoint, providing visitors with a place to sit and consider the framed views beyond. The form of the pavilions, constructed from a series of concentric hexagonal frames, amplifies both views and sounds of land and sea, thereby creating two distinctly contrasting environments.

The timber frames sit atop gabion foundations filled with stones that seamlessly anchor the pavilions to the shingle bank. Viewed from a distance, the pair seem as if they have been caught on the beach following a high tide.

Ebb & Flow considers sensory experience, human interaction and the connection between distance and clarity. The work responds to the local landscape and themes of perspective explored in W.G. Sebald’s ‘Rings of Saturn’ (1998), a text central to the exhibition brief.

The project is the first built work of Studio Hark, a nascent collective interested in architecture, design and making. Materials for construction were sourced from local tradespeople. The reeds were harvested from the marshes that the pavilion’s look onto and the gabions were filled with shingle from the beach.

The pavilions are one installation among projects from over 50 other artists completed as part of Cley ’18, a contemporary arts festival taking place in the small village of Cley on the east coast of England. Following their success, one pavilion is now being exhibited at East Ruston Gardens. Studio Hark is composed of Rachel Braude, Jack Cripps, Guiseppe Ferrigno and Henri Lacoste, who met while studying architecture at the University of Edinburgh.


  • Begun: Jun 2018
  • Completed: Jul 2018
  • Floor area: 6m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £700
  • Funding: Self funded by project team
  • Address: Norfolk, United Kingdom