clad the wikihouse!
Baltic Street Adventure Playground
In collaboration with
University of Edinburgh Volunteers
With support from
CMS Window Systems
Tasked with weatherproofing an existing Wikihouse structure, Civic Soup workshopped, co-designed and delivered a cladding system with the kids of Baltic Street Adventure Playground.
Baltic Street Adventure Playground is a free to access, free to play adventure playground in Dalmarnock, in the east-end of Glasgow. As a child-led initiative, children are free to involve themselves in all aspects of the playground, from management and decision making through to playworker supported make-believe and construction.
Following BSAP’s principles of child-led development, we worked with kids in the playground to test ideas that we could carry forward into the cladding.
After ‘tattooing’ drawings of the wikihouse, the young people had the opportunity to work directly on the cladding in order to ingrain their sense of ownership over the space.
The system of panels, kindly donated by CMS Cladding, offered a blank canvas onto which they applied spray paints during a workshop session encouraging maximum customisation. Vibrant colours, plants and emojis were popular themes!
A week of construction workshops, led by Civic Soup with the help of many enthusiastic volunteers, brought the project to a close. As well as fabricating the design, volunteers and the kids were learning construction techniques and developing tool skills.
The wikihouse has come to serve as an important indoor space for both play and the playground’s management.