Folkestone Beach Hut by Pablo Bronstein

As part of the last year’s Folkestone’s Triennial, designer Pablo Bronstein created a beach hut in the style of Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Pablo Bronstein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

The artist drew inspiration from how he imagined a lighthouse designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, the early 18th Century Baroque architect would look.

Pablo Bronstein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

Pablo Brosntein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

Nicholas Hawksmoor

This ‘monument to architecture’ as Bronstein describes it, is a beckon for modern architecture solely inspired by the past.

Pablo Brosntein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

Pablo Bronstein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

Pablo Brosntein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

The beach hut, standing ten meters tall amongst a group of brightly painted others, is light hearted in approach and plays on the nature of exotic pleasure architecture such as the Brighton Pavilion in other costal towns.  Folkestone Is a somewhat transient town, but the Triennial aims to bring the community and its heratige together through art and design. Artists ranging from Yoko Ono to muf architecture took part in the event.  The brief presented an opportunity to play with the aspirational and desirable appeal of the English beach hut as well as notions of individual customization and architectural folly.

Pablo Bronstein from Folkestone Triennial on Vimeo.

Beach Hut represents Bronstein’s first major UK public sculpture commission and can be seen as a development of his Teatro Alessandro Scarlatti, 2011, for the Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst’s sculpture project The Garden of Forking Paths in Zurich, where he built the world’s smallest opera house.

Pablo Brosntein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

The project is bold and almost cartoon-like in shape, where the ten meter tall spire extends from the center of the structure, surpassing what any conventional beech hut would cater for. The red door and gun metal grey contrasts the green foliage behind along with the pastel shades of the surrounding beach huts framing Bronstein’s design on the seafront promenade.

Pablo Brosntein, Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, 2014. Photo: Hydar Dewachi courtesy UP Projects

Bronstine’s design has been fabricated in steel frame construction and clad in marine ply by local fabricator Holborough Interiors of Folkestone. Bronstein’s sculpture is an UP Projects production.

Words- Jessica MacNally


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  1. […] rammed to a gills was a room containing Pablo Bronstein’s drawings. Best famous for manufacture a Hawksmoor-inspired beach-hut in gun-metal grey on Folkestone’s esplanade, a 38 year aged artist is a arrange of post-modern classicist whose learned architectural drawings […]

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