India Aspin is a freelance Architect based in East London with a background in arts buildings and private residential projects. Alongside her freelance work, she is involved in an ongoing project renovating a Victorian warehouse basement. The challenges of converting a 19th century subterranean storage space into a home for her family has been….. ‘a learning experience’ ...to say the least.

Polypore / Play that fungi music

India Aspin & Amy Jenkins Smith

An ode to fungi, this treehouse strives to highlight Kew's world renowned expertise in fungi research and aims to celebrate the beauty and wonder of fungi. Knowingly referencing the role of mushrooms in popular culture, it unashamedly plays with both scale and colour.

As a play space, this treehouse aims to be accessible to all. The cascading polypore inspired steps of the treehouse create a tactile and accessible covered ground level space for those unable to venture further. Those able to use stairs are rewarded with the fungi inspired tree top platforms, one with full height standing space and a second, kids den, with limited headroom.

Surrounding the tree, creating a sensory play landscape there are a range of interactive play mushrooms, some for climbing & jumping and others of a more musical nature, each element inspired by a different fungi species.

India Aspin Treehouse Kew Gardens Design Competition Amy Jenkins Smith fungarium fungi music
India Aspin Treehouse Kew Gardens Design Competition Amy Jenkins Smith
India Aspin Treehouse Kew Gardens Design Competition Amy Jenkins Smith musical mushrooms
India Aspin Treehouse Kew Gardens Design Competition Amy Jenkins Smith fungi

"India Aspin and Amy Jenkins Smith’s entry is a delightful proposition that explores fungi at the scale of architecture, object and form in a delightful and playful way."

- Simon Allford, AHMM

"My instagram account primarily documents the more interesting moments of the warehouse basement renovation project ... which is on the cusp of greatness. And great news: The Crittalls are coming!"
So proud to be a winner of #treehousesatkewdesigncompetition with @amy_jenkinssmith and alongside some fantastic fellow competitors: @mr._randall_page @fryerpatrick @standengineers @kevinkellyarchitects and with the help and expertise of
@ArupGroup and @FinsaUK
Bring on #summer2023
An alternative visual from our winning scheme for #treehousesatkew design competition showing the proposed lower treehouse area. 
The upper treehouse is supported on gilled mushroom columns constructed from radiating #clt walls. Bench seating designed to look like #ganoderma bracket fungi cantilever from these columns to allow visitors to rest a few moments and enjoy the soundscape created by the musical fungi.

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WE'VE WON!
Delighted to announce that myself and @amy_jenkinssmith have been selected as the winners of Tree 1: Celebrating Play of the Treehouses at Kew Design Competition. Looking forward to sharing more images of our design over the coming days. 

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Small domesticated areas are appearing in amongst the building site mess. This is what happens when you live in a building site. 
➡️ Swipe to see the real situation. 

Chunky floating shelves made from a discarded sleeper. 
And our dream 💕 hot pink boiling water tap from @fohen 
Sitting on our (dusty) temporary green-stained MDF worktop. 

#spratts
Blue skies today. 
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#pavementlights
#lightwell #lookup #basementconversion
Finding fungi @kewgardens as research for our #treehouse competition for @museumofarchitecture

#Norwaymaple 
#ganoderma  #fungilove
Myself & Amy Jenkins Smith have been working hard on our Stage 2 submission after being shortlisted for Tree 1: Celebrating Play. 
😬😬😬Winners announced tomorrow 😬😬😬

Treehouses at Kew Design Competition is a joint design competition organised by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Museum of Architecture. They are seeking three exceptional designs to create three treehouses across RBG Kew’s UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a larger ‘Treehouses at Kew’ Exhibition taking place in 2023.  

Treehouses at Kew Design Competition is an exciting opportunity to use creative and architectural thinking to design in and around Kew’s living collection and produce inventive, accessible, and innovative designs. Each winning treehouse will champion Kew’s beautiful and important trees around three themes:

1. Celebrating Play
2. Nature’s Architecture and biomimicry
3. Showcasing pioneering sustainable materials and innovative design

Further information can be found on the MoA’s website - museumofarchitecture.org

@museumofarchitecture
@kewgardens
Knocked through 💪! 

I love our #ikeaomar wire shelves but will be happy when they are no longer living in the corridor. 

Also - check out the worst framed #makita ad ever. 

#basementconversion
Palm house heaven. 
Exploring the beautiful @kewgardens in spring
 🌴🌴🌴💚🍀🌵☘️🍃🌿
Final stretch.. Sanding the concrete floors with this monster.... The machine not Tom 😂
#str701 #floorpreparation
@ INDIA_ASPIN

Together with Amy Jenkins Smith, our design, Polypore/Play that fungi music, has won the Celebrating Play brief of Treehouses at Kew Design competition, for Tree 1: Norway Maple.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to realise our design on site at Kew for Summer 2023.

Read the announcement in the AJ here

Read the article in BD online here

Winners treehouses at Kew Design competition
About Treehouses at Kew

We've Won!

Treehouses at Kew Design Competition is a joint design competition organised by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Museum of Architecture. They are seeking three exceptional designs to create three treehouses across RBG Kew’s UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a larger ‘Treehouses at Kew’ Exhibition taking place in 2023.

Treehouses at Kew Design Competition is an exciting opportunity to use creative and architectural thinking to design in and around Kew’s living collection and produce inventive, accessible, and innovative design

INDIA ASPIN