bali , indonesia
Project Length: 6 weeks
Project Leaders: Alden Ching, Harry Thorpe, Andrzej Bak, Joshua Peasley, Harrison Marshall, Clarissa Budiono
Group 1 - Rachel Cunliffe, Velislava Doneva, Lewis Garland, Rosie Hanks, Sarah Harris, Lilyana Maryanska, Abi Selvanathan, Ahad Sheikh, Huan Xie
Group 2 - James Campbell, David Clark, Sam Ewen, Amber Francis, Gemma Gorton, Tom Jones, Kamile Kesylyte, Samantha Litherland, Lauren Maw, Elizabeth New, Steven Ng-Haing, Danielle Simpson, Jade Tang, Claudia Vesga
PLAYDIUM combines the fundamentals of a stadium and playground, to create an adaptable play space, surrounding a football pitch. It is situated in Lodtundu, Bali, which is a 15 minute drive South of Ubud.
PLAYDIUM sits within the local school's grounds and is placed adjacent to their library and classrooms. The playground forms an 'L'-shape which surrounds a football pitch, with the two school buildings lining the other two sides. The space features a spiral staircase, rope swings, hammocks, football net and a 'relaxing' area, should the children desire more quiet time. PLAYDIUM's structure and finishes are made entirely from bamboo, a local and highly renewable material. Each beam and column are secured in place with hand made dowels, trimmed from split pieces of bamboo, and are joined together using palm string to give it an added element of durability. When constructing in bamboo, every single piece must be treated with insecticide: a meticulous process which is very time consuming but necessary to ensure the material will last as long as possible.
For the duration of the project, we worked alongside one of the local teachers, Paul (Made Artawan), to ensure every aspect of the playground was suitable for the children and their needs. He helped us to understand the material we were working with and provided an extra pair of hands at the end of each school day, we would like to say a massive thank you to him and the rest of the school staff for their help! We hope that the children are as happy with the playground as we are as it was great to see their excitement for the playground grow with each passing day during construction. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly through sun and rain. We could not have asked for a more hard-working and dedicated group.
We hope that the children are as happy with the playground as we are as it was great to see their excitement for the playground grow with each passing day during construction. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly through sun and rain. We could not have asked for a more hard-working and dedicated group.
Thank you Bali and we hope to see you again soon!