Playground Dye Garden

Building Story


Cooperator: Jiayu Zhang (Designer & Builder, Sketchup Drawings, Filming & Shooting)
合作者:张佳雨(设计师, 搭建者, Sketchup建模师兼摄影摄像师)

Role: Designer & Builder, Process and Concept Drawing, Art Director of Film & Photograph
角色:设计师, 搭建者, 概念及流程图绘制, 拍摄者兼视频图片艺术指导
(The photos, sketches and drawings in this article are from Xiting Huang - except for the ‘Building’ Parts)
(文中出现照片及图稿皆出自黄晞婷本人, 《搭建》部分除外)

Period: 2022 Jun.
Type: Community Garden
Material: Wood
Location: Spring Community Hub Playground, UK

时间: 2022 六月
地点:春季社区中心广场 , 英国伦敦

- Achievement -



Building 搭建

Intro ︎ 简介

As part of a larger programme for green spaces, UAL planned to open a dye garden in September 2022 in the ‘Playground Garden’ adjacent to the building on Wilson Road. The dye garden will be a space for students and staff from across all years and courses to come together to garden, make dye and more. In order to achieve the goal of a long-term, sustainable, flourishing. The garden design and the making of the planters are innovative, fun design ideas on how with a small budget and some hand tools can create something special.

UAL计划于2022年9月在威尔逊路(Wilson Road)校区的春季社区中心广场 (Spring Community Hub Playground)开设一个染料花园。染料花园的设计要求在小预算的条件下,运用简易的工具以及有限的材料,为学校学生和员工打造一个以扎染为主题的空间。同时作为绿色空间项目的一部分,空间以可持续发展的理念运作。

Idea Development ︎ 构思设想

The planters are planned to be adjacent to the CCW foundation building on Wilson Road. The site may need to be returned or used for other purposes. So the planter has to be movable.


Sketches 手稿

The site is also a popular place for rest and socializing. Therefore, the design integrates some display and storage functions so that the planters can also provide some support for the site.


Site Research 场地调研

Site 场地

Building Process ︎ 搭建过程

There is a list of materials given before the build stage that is available for construction, so the way to build has to be simple. I was thinking of an easy way like IKEA style to build with wood-treated timber, which allows people to build with simple tools.


Building Process 搭建方法

Building Process 搭建方法


All of our builders set up a simple working area, where we can use a small timber-cutting machine and assemble pieces on-site. In the end, it was successfully completed with the joint efforts of volunteers, advisor and designers.

Building 搭建

Planter ︎ 种植台

The Planters are always kept near the wall when not used and were placed in the garden during the event period. It has both storage and planting functions.


Moving Planter 移动种植台

Planters not only can be used to plant, but they can also be for storage (seeds and planting tools) and sitting.


Planting Garden 种植园

Dye Garden Taster Event ︎ 染料花园体验工坊

Dye Garden Taster Workshop 染料花园体验工坊

The Dye Garden Taster Event involves planting, planning/research and dyeing activities. People are planting plants which will be used to make the dye material.


Planting 种植

These plants will be transplanted into planters when they are bigger.


Dye Plants 制作染料用植物

Students use natural materials to make dyes.


Dying 染色

Hanging Dyed Pieces 晾挂扎染作品

Video ︎ 视频

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