Rubbertree

A play area for refugee children

Rubbertree was designed for a competition

The commission was: a play area with local materials for a school of refugee children.
Refugee children need a safe place, to be rooted in solid ground.
This tree with long and expanding roots offers an open and inviting landscape on different levels: spaces to roam and explore, for spontaneous play.
From cradle to cradle: tyres are made of latex from the rubbertree and now they have served their duty, become a sculpture of a rubbertree. That is a full circle. In this way, trash becomes poetry.

Specifics play ground

Honorable Mention for Innovation in Competition Go Play!/ Architecturefor Humanity.

Location: Baan Tha Aj School, Thailand
Materials: used car tyres, bamboo frame, liana rope
Size: Size site: 33 x 17 meters
Year: 2011
Photography: © Annemarie van Splunter

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