Design proposals for an imagined De La Warr Pavilion Bandstand by East Sussex College Group, Eastbourne design students.


In early 2022 the De La Warr Pavilion Bandstand was torn apart by the high winds of Storm Eunice. Launched just over 20 years ago in December 2002, this iconic piece of architecture was the result of the work of Jill Theis MBE and the Friends of the De La Warr Pavilion, supported by the Ibstock Enovert Trust and co-designed by architect Niall McLaughlin with Bexhill schoolchildren.  Awarded the Regional RIBA Prize in 2002, the Bandstand has been at heart of our most democratic of spaces – the south terrace – and platformed international artists and was a springboard for first outings for local bands that became famous such as Mumm-Ra, and our many talented community choirs, musicians and groups.

The De La Warr Pavilion is thrilled to present a response from ESCG Eastbourne students who have designed RE-IMAGINED bandstand concepts that channel the essence of the original and dream big with new bold and modern structures. Some designs move beyond the original concept of just a performance space to propose a range of further possibilities and functions such as climbing walls and frames, sound walls & soft sculpture. With repurposing in mind, the original base has been used as the starting point for their new design concepts.

The students have explored their ideas through drawing and model-making, using a range of approaches, materials, techniques, and processes to develop a stimulating breadth of possibilities. Which one would you choose?

Thanks to all the students involved from:

UAL Art & Design Level 2

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Practice

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

A big thank you to all the ESCG staff and in particular project organiser Dylan Carbonell-Ferrer, 3D Course Tutor.