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Floating timber egg takes to the water

PAD Studio has completed a floating artist residence on the Beaulieu River, in the New Forest

The brief for the project was to design a temporary live/work structure to house the artist, Stephen Taylor, for one year.

A collaborative project between the Hampshire-based architect, urban designers the SPUD Group and Turner, the Exbury Egg will float around the Beaulieu Estuary, moving up and down with the tide.

Designed to weather as the project continues, the egg will take on the patina of 730 daily tides below the water line, and 365 days of weathering by wind, rain and bleaching by the sun above.

The wooden pod structure has been constructed by local craftsmen using boat building techniques. Local materials have been used, keeping embodied energy to a minimum.

Within the egg there is a bed, a desk, a small stove, and a wet room. It aims to give a simple living experience, ‘reappraising the way we live, to properly consider sustainability and future use of natural resources’.

Exbury Egg

Turner says: ‘Climate change is already creating new shorelines and habitats. Established salt marsh is being eroded by a combination of rising sea levels and falling landmass and the entire littoral environment is in a state of flux. The implications for wildlife and for the flora as well as for people are challenging. Raising awareness of the past and the unfolding present of a very special location will be the task, whist living in an ethical relationship with nature and treading as lightly as possible upon the land.’

Once the egg’s year-long stay on the estuary comes to an end next year, it will become a travelling exhibition.



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