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Sally Yang

Sally (Shan-erh) Yang was born in Tainan, Taiwan.


Royal College of Art, MA Interior Design, 2019-2021 / London, UK  

Royal College of Art, Graduate Diploma, 2019 / London, UK

Ual: Chelsea College, Fda Interior Design 2016-2018 / London, UK

National Taiwan University of Arts, BA Visual Communication Design 2012-2016 /Taiwan


Clifton Interiors: Design Internship, June 2018 - Sept 2018

Degree Details

School of Architecture



In light of the current Covid 19 epidemic, how can we design a public space that further addresses and facilitates father-child interaction and engagement?

The pandemic suggested “it could permanently restructure the typical family, meaning more dads stay home.’’ (ABC13). Further commentary suggests that “a ‘new fatherhood’ is emerging, one that allows for balance between workplace and home responsibilities” (Yogman and Garfield, 2016).

We know that men encourage risky play “men tend to have physical and risky play styles with their children” (Amodia-Bidakowska, Laverty and Ramchandani (2020)) and it has been found that risk in play is beneficial to children ‘‘While playing risk, children can solve problems and be creative.’’ EYFS (2008) Principles into Practice 4.1.

Inspired by the #girldadchallenge on social media during the UK national lockdown, a new speculative play centre emerges in the Grosvenor Centre Northampton, providing spaces for children and fathers to build and customise sheds, complete unfinished bridges and explore innovative materials made from recycled waste. A multi-levelled open platform encourages children to reimagine the shed and learn by solving spatial problems, whilst a series of surrounding social spaces for families provides support for fathers, opportunities to learn new skills and watch the shed world evolve over time.

Dad Time

Observations of local family activities pre/during/post lockdown in Northampton.

A Risky Play Environment and Support Community for Dad Time — My project concept is to create a social community for fathers and a risky play environment, which encourages children to climb high and use dangerous tools to build their own shed. This will allow them to trigger their imagination and creativity to enjoy dad time in their magical shed.
Build Your Dad Time — 3D DIY jigsaw built by a child and their father, which encourages customisation and physical play.
Dad Time
Creative Way to Make Coffee
Recyclable Paper in Different Material
The World of Sheds — Three levels of scaffolding as the main construction. You can build or customized your shed on various levels
Unfinished Bridge — An unfinished bridge placed at a high level to encourage children to solve problems and to creatively challenge themselves through risk.
Customized Shed — There are readymade sheds and children can use their imagination and creativity to turn it into a magic shed they want. For example, a movie theatre, a chocolate forest etc.
DIY Shed — Materials donated from local residents can be used to build new types of shed on the lower level.
Design Proecess
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Section AA
Section BB'
The Central Courtyard
New Shed Typologies
Coffee Social Support
Dad Time — The former labour leader said, Our ambition should be to build a world where men engage equally in the caring that has historically been done by women, and in so doing reorder the values of work, family and love, so that work does not always come first,”. The space allows children to build on their creativity using risky play with their fathers to build dad time. It also creates a social community for dads to be more confident in balancing workplace and family.