Inspired by the work of Parley for the Oceans and their collaborative work with Adidas, G
Star Raw and Pharrell Williams using recycled ocean waste to create innovative products
SPARK’s beach hut is fabricated from discarded plastic collected from the beaches and seas
of SE Asia.
In the spirit of the colourful Victorian beach houses from the North Coast of Norfolk, UK to
Muizenberg, South Africa SPARK’s proposed prototype beach hut for Singapore’s East Coast
Park is intended to animate the shoreline and provide rentable occasional accommodation
for the many “beach campers” who frequent the park on the weekend. At the same time it
acts as an important vehicle for educating 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 skin of SPARK’s beach hut is manufactured from recycled HDPE (high density
polyethylene) a plastic that makes up a large percentage of the plastic dumped into the
ocean. The annual world market volume for HDPE is around 30 million tonnes, just small
percentage of this figure is sufficient to contribute to the slow death of the oceans and the extensive life cycles it supports. HDPE is non-biodegradable and can take centuries to
decompose, so 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.
Our society and its current values of consumption necessitate a system in which production
and imaginative recycling are in balance with long-term ecological well-being.
HDPE is a polymer that 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 film PV (photo-voltaic) 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.
The infinite colour variations possible using recycled HDPE will produce a family of beach
huts that are engaging and elegant contributors to the Singapore shoreline whilst telling the
story of an imaginative reuse of a plastic material that is part of our everyday lives but which
given its disposable nature is contributing to the destruction of ocean life and our
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.
SPARK director Stephen Pimbley said
“Thought leadership is embedded into the DNA of SPARK, it provides a depth of insight into
internal and external conversations that expand our skill sets and facilitate meaningful
connections with what we believe is the primary objective of the role of the architect as a
medium and mirror of social, environmental and civic values.
We develop compelling points of view that are intriguing, innovative, inspiring and
importantly in the case of the beach hut ideas that carry a very serious environmental
Inspired by the work of Parley for the Oceans and their collaborative work with Adidas, GStar Raw and Pharrell Williams using recycled ocean waste to create innovative productsSPARK’s beach hut is fabricated from discarded plastic collected from the beaches and seasof SE Asia. In the spirit of the colourful Victorian beach houses from the North Coast of Norfolk, UK toMuizenberg, South Africa SPARK’s proposed prototype beach hut for Singapore’s East CoastPark is intended to...
- Year 2016
- Status Unrealised proposals
- Type Sports Centres / Modular/Prefabricated housing