Assemble worked in collaboration with artist Simon Terrill to create the Brutalist Playground: an immersive installation that recreated a trio of post-war play structures out of foam.
Designed for the Architecture Gallery at the RIBA, the Brutalist Playground consisted of full size fragments of three distinctive London housing estates: Churchill Gardens in Pimlico, the Brownfield Estate in Poplar, and the Brunel Estate in Paddington.
Assemble recast these concrete and steel playground structures in reconstituted foam in order to allow people to consider their formal characteristics separately from their materiality, and in doing so allow them to be reappraised as places for play. To compliment the installation, Simon Terrill created a film composed from images of the estates from the RIBA’s archive.
The RIBA also used the exhibition as a forum for a programme of workshops, events and debates on brutalist architecture, play and the city. Assemble designed and built all the elements of The Brutalist Playground, working closely with Structure Workshop, Flux Metal and set builders Isabel + Helen.
Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made.
Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work. For more information please use the contact details below.
Photos by Tristan Fewings