The Richard Rogers Partnership (rrp) has designed a 'fox-flap' (below) to allow some unexpected visitors to go in and out of the Millennium Dome - without buying a ticket.
The practice's Andrew Partridge has designed the flap to be fitted later this week to the facade of the Dome near the Shared Ground zone. The zone has been designed by Work, which took on muf's early 'Local Zone' commission. It was Work's Tim Pyne who suggested to rrp that it would be appropriate and 'good pr' to come up with some device for the fox family with two cubs that were discovered inside, especially as the theme of the zone is 'community'.
The Shared Ground zone will feature a series of audio questions on 'how we live together' which will be triggered by infra-red sensors and fired at the public, resulting in around four million recorded answers. But one further question will now be added outside, above the flap: 'What would you do if a family of foxes moved in under your zone?'
Partridge said that he had taken advice from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and came up with a 30 x 22.5cm mechanism as a variation on a medium-sized dog-flap, which is able to cope with breeds about the size of a spaniel. The Dome's facade is curved, however, so a polycarbonate cowl has been added. The feature is made of perspex and will cost an estimated £20, said Pyne. 'No doubt it will have some yellow detailing,' he added.