Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A peculiar looking beach cafe...
The East Beach Cafe
This beach cafe is no ordinary seaside kiosk – rising like a piece of weatherworn driftwood washed up on Littlehampton’s east-beach – it is both familiar and alien to its coastal surroundings. The shell of the building provides both it's skin and structure. It comprises a steel outer layer, which is cut at a shallow angle into a series of vertical slices. Its rippling form conjures up a wide variety of visual metaphors.
Thomas Heatherwick, the designer, opted for naturally finished materials that respond well to the local environment. The mild steel shell that forms the outer skin will rust and gain character as it ages. A oil based coating will be applied after the surface has ‘weathered’ that will help to prolong the life of the building.