A collaborative project with the University of East London, bringing together architects, artists, photographers and students spanning the educational spectrum. 70 First Year students on the BSc Architecture course at the University of East London have undertaken an exploration of the Museum of Childhood as the site and inspiration for their first introduction to architectural design and making. Students were invited to re-think how and where playful learning can take place in them museum. In workshops and on-location study sessions they interrogated the building inside and out and the spaces in between, in order to imagine and design new inventive spaces for playing and learning.
Physically exploring the architecture of the museum and using their own senses and body as a tool to develop a spatial awareness and understanding of it’s potential, they have collectively turned their studies into a series of full-scale spatial designs.
Each design expresses its own architectural idea that conceptually plays with the fabric (physical materiality) of the building, and connects and interacts with existing interior and exterior spaces and aspects of the museum.
The outcomes are not preconceived and are to be understood as a collection of prototypes for new learning spaces, offering a playground of ideas that can be taken forward.
As part of this continuing process primary and secondary school pupils from St Johns C of E Primary School and Morpeth Secondary School, Tower Hamlets have subsequently acted as young ‘clients’, to test out how the concepts accommodate their needs and have in turn imagined their own responses.
The process from idea to finished piece is documented in sketches, models, prototypes, photographs and film.