The Scots Pine Cloud Observatory

  • Robin Howie
The Scots Pine Cloud Observatory is the result of a community engagement project for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC are responsible for the Legacy of the Olympics and the Olympic Park). The project’s focus was around the the North of the Olympic Park opening up to the public; in particular the new Scots Pine Playground and Timber Lodge community centre.

The Project was to engage with communities surrounding the park and create interventions that will encourage children to orientate towards the Scots Pine Playground. Part two of the project was to design a permanent treatment to the playground itself.

The Scots Pine Cloud Observatory is a response to the architecture of the new playground as well as local connections to clouds and steam: Luke Howard invented cloud classification and the names of clouds nearby whilst the North Park is based where the Great Eastern Railway once built 1600 steam locomotives, just outside the park Britain’s first dry cleaners stood as well as Walter Hancocks steam workshop. Ideas for interventions where informed by workshops with local schools, cubs, girls brigades and scout groups from communities