In July 2010 the Romanian charity FAST asked Part 1 graduates Huan Rimington and Hannah Martin to develop proposals for an area of land along the riverside of Tarlungeni Roma settlement. This space, where local children played, was covered in waste because of inadequate sanitation.
Tarlungeni Open Space Project was formed in August 2010 and has since been working with local residents to lead settlement improvements which include establishing a waste collection scheme. Tarlungeni Playground is the culmination of this project.
The playground’s design is the outcome of a series of creative workshops with local children involving lively discussions, collages and modelling. The scheme creates a highly stimulating, but safe space for children who are far more independent and adventurous than their British counterparts. The playground’s composition reflects a preference for distinct forms over more abstract structures.
The playground was constructed by Roma builders and local and UK volunteers, including 17 students from 5 UK institutions. The primary material was timber, sourced locally and transported to site by horse and cart.
Total Floor Area: 270 metres squared
Total Cost: £12,000
Location: Riverside of Tarlungeni Roma Settlement, Brasov County, Romania.
Volunteer Studio UK:
Hannah Martin & Huan Rimington - Project Coordinators, Lead Architects, Design Workshop Facilitators
FAST Charity Romania:
Community and Municipality Liason & Translator, Workshop Facilitator, Construction Consultants & Labourers