Ecology of Colour

photos © Jim Stephenson

Ecology of Colour

A jolly custodian activating a neglected corner of Dartford Park as part of a rejuvenation masterplan; accommodating a range of education and event resources, for a programme developed through meaningful community engagement.

Artlands Medway
68 m2
Project dates
Design: Jan 2012 – April 2012 Construction: May 2012 – September 2012
Services provided
Architectural Installation Concept, Developed & Technical Design (RIBA St 2-4)
Design team
  • Structure Workshop (Structural Engineer)

  • Nous Vous (Pattern Design)

  • RIBA South East Award 2013, Winner

  • RIBA South East Building of the Year 2013, Winner

  • RIBA South East Small Project Award 2013, Winner

Project type
Object & Sculpture
Use type
Community & Education

Studio Weave were commissioned to develop proposals for the activation of a corner of Ecology Island which suffered from misuse. The brief placed an emphasis on developing proposals through community engagement, and creating a meaningful educational resource.

The Ecology of Colour is a small building that provides flexible accommodation for a programme of events and workshops based around natural resources and wildlife. The inaugural series of activities included: planting a meadow of flowers and growing vegetables that yield natural dyes and beckon wildlife. The initial series led to the foundation of a friends’ group, which firmly rooted the project’s activities in its local community.

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The colourful timber-clad structure - patterned with ‘Joy’ by graphic designers Nous Vous - can act as: an outdoor classroom, art studio and workshop, bird-watching hide, tree house and park shelter all rolled into one. Shutters of various sizes on the upper floor allow for activities ranging from quiet, hidden bird watching, and nature drawing workshops, to public events that spill out into the park.

Ecology of Colour won three RIBA awards including South East Building of the Year 2013, this building is part of a project to bring public function to a neglected corner of Dartford Park, now re-named Ecology Island. - - -