WAF 2016 – In the spirit of the colourful Victorian beach houses from the North Coast of Norfolk, UK, to Muizenberg, South Africa, SPARK Architecture proposed responsible prototype beach huts for Singapore’s East Coast Park that are intended to animate the shoreline and provide rentable occasional accommodation for the many week-end beach campers. The proposal won the Experimental Future Project Award at World Architecture Festival 2016.
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The skin of SPARK’s beach hut is manufactured from recycled High Density Poly-Ethylene -HDPE-, a plastic that makes up a large percentage of the plastic dumped into the ocean.
“With over 30 million tonnes of plastic produced worldwide, the project aims to educate the public about the state of the world’s oceans and the problems caused by the flagrant dumping of plastic and other waste material into the sea” say at SPARK to ArchiPanic.
HDPE is non-biodegradable and can take centuries to decompose. “It is imperative that the HDPE ocean waste is collected and recycled and used again wherever” possible to abate the escalating damage we are doing to our planet. This polymer also possesses flexible properties that make it ideal for a wide range of easy recyclable applications.
The recovered HDPE waste material is colour coded and shredded, it is then reformed by reheating the plastic granules into a mould shaped in the form of a 3 dimensional stiff scales that are used to clad the SPARK beach hut much in the same way as traditional roof tiles or timber shingles work.
A few different types of “scales” of varying degrees of solidity and transparency facilitate privacy and views across East Coast Park and the Ocean. The “scales” at the top of the hut are printed with thin photo-voltaic film PV generating sufficient power to support the interior fan and general LED lighting of the hut.
The huts are naturally ventilated and self-sustainable, they shelter the users in the traditional sense of the beach hut from wind and rain whilst providing a level of basic amenity, enjoyment and fun.
“Singapore is an island therefore a maritime nation reliant on the trade that has driven its economy since its early settlers”. SPARK’s beach hut is a clear statement that Singapore cares about its maritime environment and its heritage and is prepared to seek and invest in innovative ways to protect the ocean’s ecosystem for future generations and the long-term sustainability of the planet.