The Exbury Egg – Floating Off-Grid Home

The Exbury Egg is a collaborative project between PAD Studio, SPUD group and Stephen Turner. The Egg floated in the Beaulieu Estuary, within the New Forest, United Kingdom, serves as a place to stay and research station for studying the life of a tidal creek for the artist Stephen Turner. ‘Tethered’ like a boat to rise and fall with the tide, the floating off-grid home is approximately 6 metres (20 feet) long and 2.8 metres (9 feet) in diameter.

My contribution to the design concept of the structure was its symbolic egg form, that will decay and change during my occupation; turning the egg into a calendar revealing the impact of 365 days of changing weather and tides upon its surface. My idea is to show that nothing is forever and that understanding and welcoming such change should be part of our sustainable relationship with the rest of nature. I wanted to investigate the landscape at a key moment when 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 flora as well as people are challenging and raise awareness of a particularly 21st century sort of tension.

– Stephen Turner

Drawings and Process of Construction:


Photographs by Nigel Rigden
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