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Architecture and Kids by Phil Wells

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The AJ Writing Prize 2014: Entry

A long term project involving pupils from Class 5S, Furzedown Primary School and one of our parents architect Phil Wells

Children in Year 5 participated in a set of architectural workshops inspired by a visit to The Royal Academy’s Sensing Spaces exhibition. These included work on structure, drawing, design and prototype making.

The pavilion has been used throughout the summer term as an inspiring space to interact, chat, chill out or have lunch with friends, or even as a story telling venue.  It was constructed by the children and Phil Wells using mostly reclaimed materials which were sourced from local estate agents and carpet shops.

Upon seeing and entering the pavilion for the first time, these are some of the reactions of a class of 10 year olds.

“I felt proud”

“It was my best day ever when we put up the Random Funky Festival Pavilion” said the young architect responsible for the original design.

“I loved building it, and sawing the cardboard tubes”

“I felt happy as there was lots of light and space”

“The Random Funky Festival Pavilion is really fun and a good place to eat my lunch as the estate agents boards gives us shade and there is lots of ventilation”

“It was cool how it looked like the prototype”

“I felt excited to see our structure using triangle as this is the strongest shape”

“I really liked the Random Funky Festival Pavilion as it did what it says on the tin!”

“I think it’s good that we used reclaimed materials, it means it didn’t cost much, and anyone can have one, if they want!”

“It’s very relaxing, chillax!”

On entering …………….

“I know how my hamster feels”

“Cool, it’s like having the World cup football in school”

“I feel free and cool, good ventilation”

“Look at me I’m like Alice in Wonderland.”

“This is all so cool, it’s inspired me to be an architect”

“I feel safe and can be quiet”

We have our own blog, written from the point of view of a retired estate agents board.

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