EDGAR ROAD COMMUNITY CENTRE
To create a space that allows children under the age of 9 to interact with the extiror space within the
estate of edgar road.
introducting new techniques of play and acknnowledging the space that its located within the small
comunity that new functions and features are acessable to the general pub.lic
Aims And Ambitions
My Starting point with this project outlines the key factors of what my main asset to the foundation of the project. using light techniques
to be used for a play area within the public realm.
What is light Play... AIms And Ambtions With Light & Play.
A recreational experience that will replace traditional games of the
playground and urban environments.
Today there technology are used in clubs, spas, events, shows and Adventurous play- inclusive play
architectural lighting and design.
Light affects the mood on how we feel
Red for angry and passionBright for safe and clear Functional and durable
Our moods determine our happiness and security
Techniques of old + new
Fun. . Playful . .
A design(play area) that considers
P r e c e d e n t s
Lighting today uses technologies that determin the future on how to combat global warming. The L.E.Ds are small, powerful and durable
for any use and function.
The L.E.D.s, individual pixels have a very long An interactive surface made up of LED-lit and pressure-
life expectancy and are very energy efficient. sensitive tiles constructed to fit an 8’ by 8’
Average L.E.D. Will last approximately 50,000 (406mm x 406mm x 61mm)
hours and uses approx. 10 volts of power. The tiles are able to detect the location, movement and
force of participants or objects, creating a realistic
gaming experience with instant feedback displayed on
the surface or through sound effects.
Replacing traditional games found in school grounds and play
active areas such as ‘hop schotch’ and ‘snakes and ladders’ with a
modern interactive way of fun.
A s p i r a t i o n s
Play schemes that use lighting for an inclusive play and theses new approaches are significant in achiving a good exsperience wtih the
young without discriminating any individuals.
Artist The school located Daubeney Road, E5,
Hattie Coppard the project was set in 2000-03. A new angle
www.snugandoutdoor.co.uk of tackling play at schools and play schemes. A questionnaire
Landscape Architect was set to all involved in the bought
Lynn Kinnear, Kinnear Landscape Architects and came to a conclusion
www.kland.co.uk -Explore, experiment ,time and space.
Hackney Wick Public Art Programme
Various including: stainless steel, epoxy resin paint, wood, planting,
light, textile screens, resin.
Total Project Commissioning Budget
Lucy McMenemy, Curator, Hackney Wick PublicArt Programme
Jim Dunn, Adams Kara Taylor
The Light orbs act with a playful feel allowing kids to
touch and be amused with the visual elemets it
a d m i t s .
Using the sensory Light pads to create a cubes that allow a varible function of play. as they are water proof and designed for toughness it
is ideal for outdoor use that also allow the space to be used through out the day and night.
The concept is to play with a muti functional idea, garden furnutiure A wall feature that allows joint
and sensory games for all ages. the blocks allow retro uses and energetic movments to
games to be played as a group or indiviual. as the design is left to right allowing a stimulating
made for childern it can deal with the roughness that comes play with colours and music notes
from banging jumping and hitting. 4inch toughned glass to prevent from an instrument.
and damages. canopy will protect from mild
weathers such as rain.
The floor plain is padded with 360 active play area to allow maximum play
rubber matts to protect from Functions can be different for all walls
close to 3 metre fall,ventalated Touch and sound mode
groves to allow drainage to public Touch and game mode
drains. Touch and light mode
Shelter for durability in weather considering
2.8m safe fall
The play unit is arranged in groups of single to groups
THe cubes can be arranged in diffrent seqences, depending on clients dessions but basic can be arrangd in rows for twos and threes
forming rectangle base for dirrent types of play.
The light box will be fixed to the ground by 4 hinges
per a box allowing any tampering to be minimal
all material will be resistant to strain and weather conditions
and ensure that drainage will be taken upon as
slippy surfaces is hazardarous to uotside play
The light box will be constructed at the height sutiable
for young childern age from 2-6yrs. it be designed to
wholed weight for the stanards of a public bench, as it will
also be used for climbing adventrues by the young.
each block will contain 5-4 faces for interaction, the
power will be suplied internal through underground wiring
to minimize any faults for a flush desgin..
The Usage of the cubes. can be more than one user b ut each indivual cube is desgned for two for a competivtive inclusive play.
garden feature- as furniture when not
Group play- designed for 9 but can max 15 , there in use the boxes act as a aural glow
are various mix games including texris and top surfaces and night light which bring attractivness
for traditional games such as hopscotch, musical and 24 hour use for other venues
blocks. this area can involve adults and childern. or occupacy of the community centre
doubles- designed for 4 but max 8. creative play
and sequences of colurs, games allow sharpness and
reation speed and competivitve play.
indivdual/one on one- designed forone or more. games
Primary slot for are more personal and can create a bond with child
p e r s o n n e l and parents or with peers. chacing colours or excirces
matt with soun
additional slot for
p e r s o n n e l
L o c a t i o n
UK LONDON HOUNSLOW
South west London the Heathfield Working Together Group (HFWTG
Hounslow Heath Estate
190, Edgar Rd, Hounslow
Analaysis - site boundaries
The Entrance to the centre is not as visable as it can be. the
pathway leads to the main road is well hidden and lacks signage
to notify the public. edgar road thats leads of hansworth road
leads to the estate as a secondary and veichle acess to the
centre. there are other pathways that entre the estate from
the park and the heath. 1. pathway gateway
3. Park gateway
The Estate is an enclosed enviroment from
the main road with one acces for
Over 400+ residents
Flats 2-3 floors
Green space dominated by grassland
most of europes common trees av. 20 25 metre
are found on and around the site:
The Common beech
av 5 metres
Wych elm is a deciduous tree and very common
aroound the estate and community centre it can
grow up to 40 m in height. It often branches near the
base forming a dome-shaped crown. The bark is grey
with many long fissures. It is native in damp woods,
hedges and along streams.
The clusters of tiny, bell-shaped, green flowers open
in late February and March, well before the leaves.
The sites exsiting vegitation located around the boundarie lines and
surround the open spaces and marshes. acting as a green fence .
All signange lit at
key areas that need minmumm 3500k.
light to operate
through diffrent lumianires warm white
seasons and for glare reduction in
gloomy afternoons. residential area
The site contains darks spots that have limited lighting which allows 30ft -50ft hieght range.
users to avoid and feel unsafe. by opening the site visually at night
with change the mood and exsperssion on the locals and community
Community centre extiorior
space & strengths layout
The space is relatively small but has basic qualitys such as a
wall, small trees and a small grass plain. it is important to
keep the exisitng vegitation as it will be advantage to the
community centre’s green space .
The Landscape behind the community centre is tightly enclosed
space dominated by grass and few shrubs. The boundaries
are concrete wall and a metal fence.
• fairly open
• shrubs and green space
• dull in colour Expansion available
• noisy •Private garden
•Use of pitch can be used for
summer function such as car
boot?tennis? No bias sport?
•Floodlights for training?
Aims & Objectives
• New gateway for access and better connections • to create a space used by parents and children
• expansion of available space • to improve health- mentally and physically
• community involvement • to improve sections around site
• challenge usage of space available for all ages • an escape spot. Uses for members and parents
• available night and day
• more plantations for organic colour and smells.
• the relationship of building to space
• propose concept to space
Observation & Development
Only where the access to the site is
where the primary hot spot areas to be
used the most.
By enhancing the space for public and The sketches shows my vison of more plantations
c.centre users,will increase the hot and trees, by screening the boundarys
spots, there be a more uses of space and the site will have a better visual profile.
Plantations is important factor for
screens and privacy. Also for the decoration
and feature of the public space
Movement should flow openly thought
but limited by the users of the centre.
But allowing to be more expanded with
less boundaries is available.
Observation & Development
Summarising the key elements
and functions for each section Public space
for development within the
Kids play zone
M a s t e r p l a n
Public foot path
Light concept shelter
grassland private garden
Large exsiting trees
kIDS Play Zone
Section for Light wall Open Space Aftifital Private garden, green
Vegitation/organics grass walls
Images from normand park, Design by Jason bruges and
w h e r e hits team, and light
the design can be found. i n s t a l l m e n t
park of a multi million pound park that can interact and
project scheme. create organic shapes and
also provide street lighting.
Interactive light scheme with 20
light socets a colum, built with
sensory motion that activates
upon arival. dancing lights can be
multi coloured or full spectrum
w h i t e .
one instalation can lit a section
with angled lights, sutable to
iluminate backgrounds and
darks spots created by trees and
v e g i t a t i o n .
Organics & Furniture 2
1 Jordi henrich/ santa & cole
Fixed seating, materials solid wood, high pressured
red pine. no maitainess needed unless change of
color and wood treatment. suport made from iron.
2.frog design/landscape form
simple form, stainless steel. wideren top to lift liners
Organic space within the community 3 toyo lto & associates/ Escofet
centre -users adult based on a four metre arch which add up to a full
or child can encounter reconisble circle
fruit and measuring 12 metres, a the backrest has a break every
veg gorwing in the kids pay area 8 yards.natural shape made from concrete. Designed
Flower bed: diffrent smells and for
and roses which attract insects to
screen & boundaries: washington
Fruit and veg can be grown as part of a learning tree that blossoms n spring and
program and to benifit the community centres provide
envolvement. and the public of edgar road can good cover and boundary for a