Acoustic Shells is a concrete seaside shelter and bandstand Bringing back the concept of a traditional bandstand, Flanagan Lawrence’s Acoustic Shells project has been recognised with an architecture award.
The concrete seaside shelter and bandstand sited in a sunken garden beside the beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK, picked up the AJ Small Projects Special Prize.
The visually-striking Acoustic Shells have been designed as an architecture that can represent ‘sound’, and the people that made it, according to Flanagan Lawrence.
One shell faces the town and forms the principal bandstand. The acoustic design of the interior creates a reflective surface to project the sound of the performers to the audience in the sunken garden. The other shell faces the beach and forms a more intimate shelter for listening to the sound of the sea or for buskers to perform facing the promenade.
The shell structures have been created without formwork, with the concrete sprayed directly on to the reinforcement mesh. The majority of the concrete shell is only 100mm thick and relies on the double curved geometry to span the stage.
The project was completed in time to be used during the summer of 2014.
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