2016 Architecture Family Pack: Loose Parts Kit

1 May — 1 Sep 2016

‘In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it’ *

Artist Anna Lucas created a kit of parts for families to use to explore the 2016 Pavilion, Summer Houses and surrounding landscape.

Loose Parts Kit was inspired by architect Simon Nicholson’s Theory of Loose Parts. Nicholson argues that children have been cheated out of creativity by static adult-designed environments. He states that all children are creative and are empowered when given access to materials that can be picked up, rearranged, combined and transformed.

Watch our specially commissioned silent film by Anna Lucas which shows the kit of parts in action.

Design by Cameron Leadbetter.

* Simon Nicholson, The Theory of Loose Parts: an important principle for design methodology, 1972


Curated by:

Alex Thorp, Curator, Education
Ben Messih, Assistant Curator, Education


Design by:

Shining Studio


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