Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist: Exbury Egg by PAD Studio
Although it is our smallest project ever completed, the Exbury Egg was undoubtedly the most challenging on many levels. This tiny sustainable home-cum-studio for artist Stephen Turner was built on a tiny budget and, in order to raise awareness of the issues of coastal erosion, was located on a tidal creek within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The project was conceived by SPUD, a creative arts organisation that wanted to explore cross-disciplinary collaboration. PAD studio worked closely with Stephen Turner from the project’s inception. SPUD, PAD and Turner also undertook an education programme throughout the build and residency, which has reached thousands of children.
Entirely built of timber, which was begged or borrowed, the Egg is the ultimate low-energy home. The inside skin was previously an old shed and a gate; the outside, new strips of western red cedar.
Wendy Perring, director, PAD Studio