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Winning designs for Bathing Beauties - images

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These are the four winners of the Bathing Beauties competition - an international contest to design the next generation of beach hut.

More than 240 architects and designers from as far afield as Japan and Russia submitted scale models to the competition, which is part of a larger initiative to transform a forgotten stretch of coast around Mablethorpe, Lincolshire (see ajplus 04/10/06).

Among the victorious design teams are former Will Alsop protégés Julia Feix and Tarek Merlin, who wowed the judges with their picture-frame-like proposals, titled Eyes Wide Shut( pictured above).

They will now be given £20,000 to work up this design into a full-scale scheme which is expected to be unveiled officially next year.

Their hut will be joined at Mablethorpe by winning designs from Canada's Atelier NU, multidisciplinary design practice i-am associates of London and Bartlett graduates Oliver Goodhall and Holly Lewis, who submitted under their practice name we made that.

Heading up the judging panel were artist Michael Trainor, who is leading the coast initiative, and architect Simon Conder, famed for his 'rubber' beach house in Kent.

There was also a £500 prize for the 'best model' which was awarded to London's Thurgood Hobson Design for its Lazy Susan scheme ( pictured bottom).

by Richard Waite

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