bexhill on sea kiosk and shelters (2009)
competition entry

The shapes are strong and sculptural. They are oriented to avoid the Westerly wind. I sit inside one of the shelters and look across the sea, my view framed beautifully by a curve of concrete. As I wait for sunset to experience the strange glow of the shelter and the scattered light beam within, I chat to 74 year old Arthur who swims here every day.

“Quite a few of the old folk didn’t want new shelters” he says. ‘ But the thing about Bexhill is that it embraces the new. Look at the pavilion. Half of these people wouldn’t be here without it. And anyway, you should see the shelters when it gets dark. It’s special. It’s magical.” And it is.