Spaces to Play

Spaces to Play, Cambridge (United Kingdom) 2016

University of Cambridge

We were working in collaboration with the pupils and staff of the Cambridge University Primary School in North West Cambridge. The students designed and built six structures to provide the children with some useful, inventive and enjoyable additions to their outdoor space including a look out deck, a storage and display wall for found treasures, a drain pipe communication device, a space to rest and play, a kit of parts to construct a dream den and interactive performance clouds.

Client: Cambridge University Primary School

Tutors: Jim Ross, Julika Gittner, Raphael Lee, Francis Fawcett

Students: Year 1 Architects

Research Question: The project explored the nature and cultural relevance of play and looked to push the boundaries of how play is reflected in social and architectural space. We challenged ourselves to think about designing spaces that are suggestive rather than prescriptive in order to allow room for imagination and improvisation. We also wanted the students to learn to collaborate with their client through play in the design conception of the structures.

Links: Project Website



11-50, Architecture, Cambridge Univ., Collaboration, Curricular, Months, Semi-permanent, Sponsorship, Students with tutor, Undergraduate, United Kingdom