CDMS Architects has been appointed to design a new café and leisure facility for Beach Green, a grassed area bordering the local nature reserve of Shoreham Beach. The concept design proposes a curved two storey building that sits on a grass covered bund. The upper floors are clad and enclosed by a curved, vertically louvered exoskeleton that wraps around the oval plan form over two storeys.
The louvers enclose a terrace at first floor level, whilst below the louvers are reduced, opening up the Ground Floor terrace area to the public realm.
The louvers provide privacy, shade and shelter from prevailing winds, whilst also enclosing the restaurant and café in a simple aesthetic form that references the dynamism, fun and adventure of the English sea side.
The lower ground floor sits within the grass covered bund, its form referencing Shoreham Fort, with entrances into the building projecting out of the grass bank between slender blades. It houses the public WCs, beach showers and changing, and the kitchen and stores for the café/restaurant above.
The upper ground floor sits at the height of the promenade and houses the café. Directly outside, the terrace provides outdoor seating. The first floor houses the restaurant with a matching terrace area enclosed by the vertical louvers.
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