Beach Hut Reinvented with DuPont Corian

Beach Hut Reinvented with DuPont™ Corian®, Beauty and Functionality

Beach Hut Reinvented with DuPont Corian

Robust, Malleable and Seamless Structure

28 Oct 2015

Beach Hut

Bathing Beauty: An emblematic beach hut reinvented with DuPont™ Corian®

Mablethorpe’s iconic “Jabba” beach hut, one of series of distinctive architectural designs to revitalise the Lincolnshire coastline, has been recreated by maximising the robust, malleable and seamless qualities of DuPont™ Corian®. Jabba II now stands proud among the sand dunes whose shape it is intended to echo, a witty, striking and memorable interpretation of a British seaside classic.

Beach Hut Reinvented
The Jabba II beach hut by i-am associates has been recreated in durable and malleable DuPont™ Corian® and repositioned by Lincolnshire County Council on the Mablethorpe coastline. Photo courtesy of Interior Surface Specialists.

First conceived by i-am associates for a competition to reinvent the humble beach hut (now celebrated by the annual ‘Bathing Beauties Festival’) the original design in timber and aluminium had not fared so well in the harsh coastal climate. To preserve the aesthetic ideas while ensuring the new structure’s longevity, Jabba II has been rebuilt and clad entirely in DuPont™ Corian®, the advanced solid surface that offers considerable benefits for both interior and exterior applications.

A sensuous scoop of smoothly curving Corian®, the new hut was fabricated using highly skilled 5 axis CNC thermoforming by experts Interior Surface Specialists. Predominantly in the warm Cameo White colour of Corian®, Jabba II also features ‘rock candy’ stripes in Bougainvillea, Blooming Green and Graphic Blue, created via inlaying techniques.

The design further optimises the seamless nature of the material by fully enveloping the ribbed substructure, then blending the external surface inwards to the cosy interior, which flows continuously into integrated seating, thus offering visitors both comfort and protection from the elements.

Beach Hut Reinvented

Beach Hut Reinvented

Beach Hut Reinvented
The Jabba II beach hut by i-am associates has been recreated in durable and malleable DuPont™ Corian® and repositioned among the sand dunes by Lincolnshire County Council on the Mablethorpe coastline. Photo courtesy of Interior Surface Specialists and Lincolnshire County Council.

By virtue of the renowned performance of Corian®, which is completely homogenous, non-porous and durable, plus UV, salt and graffiti resistant (though repairable if necessary), Jabba II forms a forward-thinking installation that the public can enjoy for the long term.

The new structure was paid for by Lincolnshire County Council who also own and maintain it.The rebuild was made possible through the support of i-am associates, DuPont™ Corian® and the skills and creativity of the fabricator Interior Surfaces Specialist. Jabba II is sited at the North End of the resort, just off Sea View Car Park.

Beach Hut Reinvented
The Jabba II beach hut by i-am associates is designed to echo the shapes of the sand dunes. It has been recreated in DuPont™ Corian® and repositioned on the Lincolnshire coastline. Photo courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council.

The District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Adam Grist, comments, “Since their installation nine years ago, the Bathing Beauties huts have become a symbol for the Festival and the wider area. Visitors and residents have really taken Jabba into their hearts, so I for one am very pleased that we are helping it to live on through the Jabba II structure.”

The County Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Colin Davie, adds: “Tourism is a key industry on the coast, and all this work is about making the most of the area’s assets, in a bid to attract more visitors. Projects like this are an important element in the regeneration of our seaside resorts.”

Mark Hill, DuPont™ Corian® Country Manager, UK & Ireland says “ we were delighted to support this unusual and fascinating project, especially as Corian® is the ideal material for meeting the very specific design and functional needs of Jabba II. In terms of creating the seamlessly curving organic shape and the subtle striped effects, the malleability of Corian® is unmatched. Meanwhile its robust, non-porous, UV stable and repairable qualities makes it very well suited to a weather-exposed public environment such as the Lincolnshire coast. Fabricators Interior Surfaces Specialists have done an outstanding job and we are all thrilled with results.”

Beach Hut Reinvented
The Jabba II beach hut by i-am associates, remade to last in DuPont™ Corian®, is an icon of the Lincolnshire coastline. Photo courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council.

For more information on the beach hut programme:
Website: Bathing Beauties
Website: Structures on the Edge

About DuPont™ Corian® (www.corian.co.uk) – First created as a high performance material for kitchen and bathroom worktops, DuPont™ Corian® is now – thanks to its unique combination of functionality, versatility and beauty – a leading global brand in surfacing materials for interior design and architecture. Over the years, DuPont has established DuPont™ Corian® solid surface as an exceptional design tool for every application one can imagine. Kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, furnishing, facades, radiators, home automation, touch control surfaces: today, DuPont™ Corian® can be found almost everywhere in Commercial, Residential and Public Space applications.

To know more, and stay in touch with DuPont™ Corian®
www.corian.co.uk / www.endlessevolution.corian.com / Facebook.com/CorianDesign
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DuPont – DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

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