On the shoreline in Sussex, a peculiar mirrored beach hut went up last month which confounded, amused, and astounded beachgoers. ECE Architecture twisted the concept of a traditional English beach hut by adding mirrored walls and roof panels to the familiar hut shape, creating an art piece that remains almost invisible until a pedestrian approaches. The art installation was meant as an interactive piece, drawing in passersby with its perfect reflections of the seashore and, indeed, of themselves.
The installation of the timber structure was fairly simple, as you can see in the video above. The hut was delivered to the site with its walls already built, and the team needed only to assemble it, seal the seams, and remove the protective film covering the mirrored acrylic external walls—which was all done at 4am local time on a Saturday. ECE’s amazing disappearing beach hut was positioned right on the shoreline of Worthing beach in the south of England, a popular travel destination. Beachgoers flocked to the structure for a chance to interact, playing with their own reflections, and taking advantage of some pretty unique photo ops. At night, in a bit of branding genius, a light from within the mirrored hut illuminates the architecture firm’s logo, which had been laser cut into one wall of the structure. The agency’s tagline, “A Piece of Our Mind,” is also printed on the exterior wall.
This ultra-modern beach hut is merely for show, and it was just temporary. After six weeks of design and assembly, the mirrored art hut went up at the end of June and remained for just one weekend. The piece was so popular, though, that the public and local council have asked the designers to consider making a more permanent structure. You know, one that could last until long after the boys of summer are gone.
Images via ECE Architecture