In June 2012 Small Earth Built a 5m pierced earth dome with contoured playscape for London's Southbank - 'Festival of the World' on the 2 story high deck between the Hayward Gallery and The Royal Festival Hall.
Design work commenced in November 2011, in collaboration with the pupils from Hounslow Heath Infants School. The children used models and paintings to develop their ideas drawing inspiration from the earthbag playscape that Small Earth built for the school in 2010.
The idea for a pierced dome came about as a design response to the weight/loading limitations of the concrete deck and reflects the ideas of several of the children around different shaped openings and the play of light inside the dome.
Our "London Earth Creature" and other playscape elements at the Southbank have been decorated by artist Jennifer Camilleri for this year's Festival of Neighbourhood which will run throughout the Summer of 2013.