‘Bringing Home to the Unknown’ is a collaboration between POoR and students from Mayesbrook Park School, an alternative provision school in Becontree. Through a series of in-person workshops, POoR upskilled the Year 10 students, gave them valuable architectural design training, and helped them develop their representation skills. Later POoR would go on to co-design a colourful installation with the young people.
The installation aimed to encapsulate how young people wish to dwell, interact and play in the city. The final result was a series of sculptural benches designed around the ideas identified by individual students. Arranged in a circle to create a space of dwelling with tree-like canopies to provide shelter, the sculpture creates different forms of interactions for various ages. This project was developed as part of RIBA National Schools Programme that seeks to connect young people with architects and architecture through creative and skills developing experiences.
Client: Royal Institute of British Architects
Location: Central London
Team: POoR, Mayesbrook Park School, RIBA
Awards: TET Education commendation
Press: Financial Times, Barking & Dagenham, Riba Journal, Home Designer and Architect, Architecture.com, Mayes Brook Park School, Arts and Culture, BDSIP