‘Press Play’ a project aiming to bring Camperdown Country House to life through an exploratory dynamic encouraging adults to play.
‘Press Play’ a project aiming to bring Camperdown Country House to life through an exploratory dynamic encouraging adults to play. The project started off an adaptive reuse then became more of a complete remodel inspired by the existing architecture. To create wonder and excitement inspired by the six different types of play: Active, social, intellectual, social, creative, imaginative and exploratory.
As a designer I find myself excited by bold designs that stand out for their unique playful approaches. Throughout the past few years I have found myself inspired by Ingrid Fetell Lees book, ‘Joyful’ as she discusses the importance of play. I want to design in a way to enhance people's happiness and to make them feel inspired by their surroundings. I really enjoy designing social spaces which is why I picked this in my final project. I wanted to design different types of social spaces such like, outdoor spaces for adults of playful interactions, social actives, pop up clubs, anything I could think of to bring joy to adults. I wanted to design indoor spaces that involve relaxing, dining, exhibit spaces, dancing, sports- anything to encourage people to be adventurous and explore their surroundings. I chose to design a social space for adults as I think it is something we lack in Dundee City and many other cities. I aim to make adults feel young again and allow them to act freely as they enjoy their experience fulfilled with activities suited to them.
Below is my final design proposal ‘press play’ in a magazine format. To view the full magazine please download the pdf at the bottom of this page.
Section of Camperdown County House.
Main social room 'Press Play'
Main welcome area, where it cosists of a large open planned space, where people can enjoy food , join in in creative activities and explore playful rooms.
An area for people to meet friends, explore games, exhibitions and enjoy music and food.
Different types of play explored on the top floor, with a roof top garden, stand up comedy, active play and social play.
Basement - nightclubs
Showing the basement and courtyard, consisting of 4 nightclubs with different experiences throughout.
Gallery of nightclub and courtyard
Playful interactions around park.
To have large playful pods around the park that adults can play on, along with camping and installations.
Further design details
Further details of: site analysis, development and final park proposal of playful pods around park, exterior design and park journey.