muf was commissioned by the City of London to re-design an inaccessible and under-used sunken play-area for under-5s contained within the Golden Lane Estate.
Adjacent to the Barbican Centre, Golden Lane is Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s first project. muf worked closely with pupils from the local Prior Western primary school in a collaborative exploration of how children play. Strikingly, the conclusions of our young collaborators closely mirror the most up-to-date work of child psychologists. muf has also consulted residents of the Golden Lane Estate in our development of the final design.
The newly designed play area provides its young patrons with a wide array of play possibilities. The area contains numerous hiding places, a stage for impromptu performances, a geometrical climbing structure and slide, and a bespoke meeting space. All of these possibilities are spread across a multilevelled urban rockery which contains rocks of various colours and textures, including a handful of reclaimed saddle stones.
The space allows children and parents alike to again enjoy this hidden gem of modernist architecture – exploring the wondrous possibilities of joyful play together.