The team behind SPUD in the UK have recently developed some exciting collaborations between artists, designers and the community to deliver two engaging projects. With a brief to design a temporary place to live and work while studying the ‘littoral’- the watery edge of the Beaulieu River in Exbury, artist Stephen Turner (the occupant) collaborated with Pad Studio to design a floating wooden pod which moves up and down with the tide. Bulit by local craftsmen using age-old boat buliding techniques, the pod contains a bed, a desk, a tiny stove and a wet room – just enough for Stephen to do his work in his own private floating studio. The Observatory, designed by five young graduates from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, is informed by the natural beauty of sustainable materials. “The Study” and The Workshop” are responsive to the landscape through their ability to rotate. This will allow the structures to act as shifting framing devices to the landscape beyond and encourage the artist and audiences to interact by blurring the boundaries between public and private. These quiet spaces will provide a retreat for a resident artist and a place of discovery for passers-by.