Dream Room

Who is your favourite fictional character? Is it someone from a book, a cartoon, a film, the television… is it a superhero? Or maybe you have a favourite toy? 

We want your help to design dream rooms for your favourite characters using recycled materials! 

The winners of this challenge, judged by Tahmineh Hooshyar Emami, a Senior Architectural Assistant at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, were collaged into the above, but you can still take part by uploading your creations at the bottom of the page!


Step 1: Choose your family’s favourite character 

You might need to vote!

Step 2: Think like your character

What you will need: scrap paper and pencils.

Now that you’ve decided on your character, write a list each of what you think your chosen character would want in their dream room.
Think about:
— What would be in the room?
— What do they like doing?
— Could they do this in their dream room? Do they need special equipment/furniture?
Exchange your ideas! Together, agree on what your character would like in their dream room, this is important for when you start reusing your junk and designing the room!

Step 3: Imagine your character’s dream room

What you will need: your collected junk and other materials.

Gather junk. Work as a family to have a good look in your recycling bin, bag or box. What could you use to build your masterpiece? Look out for cereal boxes (and the inside bag), egg boxes, juice cartons, bottles, toilet/kitchen paper/tinfoil rolls, milk bottles, food trays, bubble wrap, soap dispensers, scrap paper/newspapers/magazines, paper/plastic cups etc. Be careful with sharp edges, and make sure food trays and bottles are clean for you to work with. 

Step 4: Design your character’s Dream Room

What you will need: your collected junk and other materials, your list of what your character would like in their dream room, scrap paper, pencils.

Sketch some ideas about how your character’s dream room might look! Think about: 

— How big is the room compared to your character?
— Is the room square or a more unusual shape?
— Can your character see out of the room?
— Is it a dark or light room?
— Is it a cosy room? What is the furniture like?

Step 5: Build your character’s dream room

What you will need: Your list of what your character would like in their dream room, your design drawings, your junk material and any other materials, scissors, sticky tape, glue.

TIP: Before you start building, have a look at:

Now it’s time to start making! It might take between two hours and two days depending on your model-making techniques, drying time and the size of your model. 

Step 6: Photograph your masterpiece 

What you will need: a mobile phone camera. 

TIP: Photograph your design sketches and look at our photography suggestions.

Step 7: Upload your work

We’d love to see what you make! Scroll down to find out how to upload your masterpiece.

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Since launching at the RCA in 2018, and over the last two summers, Celebrating Architecture has worked with 175 young people from schools across London. Through our Pavilion workshop days these students (aged 9-18 years and from all backgrounds) have discovered, experienced and made architecture in cultural environments, alongside leading London Architects.

This creative and aspirational learning initiative is led by architecture educators, Neil Pinder and Venetia Wolfenden, with the key aim to bring diversity into the profession, so that our future built environments reflect the societies that they are designed for. We are also determined to promote the importance of creative subjects in state schools to ensure continuation of a diverse pipeline of talent to the profession.

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Maya Shaw, age 15 - Character: Radagast the Brown

Daniel Blanco Miralles, age 13 - Character: Spiderman

Claudia Tayler, age 10 - Character: Dan from the book Little Men

Ava and Oscar Banks-Green, age 10 - Character: Bilbo Baggins

Willow, age 4 - Character: from Room on the Broom
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