Standing tall

Wednesday 06 Apr 2011

Award-winning young practice seek to inspire the collective imagination of their buildings' users

erect architecture are an emerging practice with a strong focus on education, culture and play. Cypress Schools Children's Centre and Kilburn Grange Adventure Playpark and Playcentre (APG) illustrate their key interests and approaches to design.

During the early design phases they seek an emotional, intuitive connection with the site and its people. The engagement processes they develop are site-specific and use the project as a catalyst to facilitate discovery and learning for user groups and themselves; to create links and support networks between users and to inspire a sense of ownership.

Kilburn Grange Park APG won the international Children's Making Spaces 2010 award. The children of the jury noted: 'The project is fun, it allows us to connect to nature, it combines play and learning. Sustainability was important to us, but what excited us a lot was that Kilburn Grange Park Adventure Playground is a project, which allows us, the users, to make it our own.'

As a practice erect architecture treasure the experimentation and richness that comes from collaboration and teamwork. Their work is guided and inspired by the fundamental importance of designing with ambiguity and openness in mind allowing for any space they create to yield to the collective imagination of its users.

In awarding erect architecture a special commendation at this year's Young Architect of the Year Award the jury recognized their ‘impressive body of built work'. Jury member Fran Tonkiss of the LSE noted: ‘These are socially engaged, useful buildings for real clients, showing great sensitivity to materials.'

After completing Kilburn Grange Park APG and Cypress Schools Children's Centre their practice has reached a key juncture, whereby recognition in the form of the WAN 21 for 21 Awards could open doors, allowing them to explore the compatibility of their approach with a broader range of projects.

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