Waterman at Archikids Festival

This weekend saw the Archikids Festival return for its sixth year and three members of our Structures team were delighted to join PRP, AKT II, Endpoint, Studio Sanshea, Lipton Plant, Archivate Collective, HTA and many more firms for the festival’s Activate Challenge.

With locations in London including The Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, Broadgate and the Museum of London, the two-day festival offers a free, fun filled programme for children and their families as they discover over 30 different exciting activities to take part in.

Our team set up their Build with Fabrics stall in Broadgate Plaza, near Moorgate station, for the second day of festivities. It was here that over 30 children and their families took a hands-on study of the forces of compression and tension that are the basis of tensile structures, creating experimental 3D models of an original cable-stayed structure out of foam board, pencils, drawing pins and pre-cut tights.

Prior to the festival, the team hosted an internal activity workshop for 15 members of staff across the disciplines to test their ideas. Charlie Scott introduced the design principles of tensile fabric structures and the group explored these forms using the same techniques and materials for the stall.

Ottavia Rispoli, Associate Director of Waterman Structures, commented of the event; “This is the first-year Waterman have joined the Archikids team and we were very excited to have been a part of this experience. We had been busy preparing our activity for the day and were delighted to see such versatile tensile structures through the eyes of young children!”

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