We have seen some very fancy and elaborate cardboard designs here at Inhabitots, but the latest cardboard playground creation by Alex Gilliam from Public Workshop is a standout for its remarkable simplicity and ability to engage both adults and children alike. Cardboard disks the size of large dinner plates easily slot into one another to create all sorts of structures — playhouses, igloos, tall towers and even imaginative forms that can add a little bit of wow to an otherwise ugly space. The cardboard disks’ potential are limited only by your own and your friends vast imaginations.

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Whilst almost any play or design structure can be created using the disks made from 50% recycled cardboard, Adam Gilliam says it is not all about the end result. Instead, he says “each structure is an exercise that is designed to test the limits of how we learn, design, collaborate and innovate – particularly in a group or participatory setting”.  A testament to their success is a recent workshop held at the National Building Museum, which attracted up to 30 passers by aged 4 – 72 years old who worked together to answer the challenge to build something “impossibly tall.”  Alex Gilliam is bringing the cardboard disks into production soon for both residential and public application – what amazing masterpiece do you think you would create?

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Images © Alex Gilliam