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RIBA creates a brutalist playground for delegates in conference downtime

RIBA creates a brutalist playground
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has transformed one of its spaces at RIBA Venues into a Brutalist Playground as part of a unique installation exploring the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-20th century. All visitors and delegates at RIBA Venues are invited to come and explore it.

Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by Turner Prize nominated design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, who have drawn inspiration from photographs and visual material in the RIBA’s collections, documenting the playgrounds when they were newly built and in use.

The installation recreates visual elements from the playgrounds in foam, creating an interactive, contemporary space where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work. Archive images of the original playgrounds will be projected on the walls.

RIBA Venues’ Head of Venues, Stephanie Ellrott, says: “We are extremely excited to have such a unique installation on show at the venue, which can be experienced by all who are attending events in our space throughout July and August.”

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