We’re constantly blown away by the level of thought, consideration and creativity that pupils put into their buildings and this week is no different!

This week, Ali and Maggie were joined by Jo Hartnell from Atkins and Louise Louise Underhill, an architect, who gave feedback to the students on their creations.

Our first building came from Caden (aged 6 from Harpenden) who created the Harpenden Community Health Hospital, which was a very special hospital focussed on sustainability, and also on the wellbeing of the patients and their families.

The face of the hospital moves depending on the season to help keep heat in and to change the design to make people smile when they pass by.


Louise thought the idea was fantastic and loved just how much there was to consider, with how the hospital opens up and expands, and she really appreciated the attention to details. Louise also enjoyed seeing the gardens and thought this was one of Caden’s best ideas and commented on how patients being able to collect herbs and flowers would be great for mental wellbeing as well as sustainability.

Eryn (aged 12 from Hampshire) created our second building of the week.

Mushroom Manor was inspired by the shape of a mushroom, with a round living space underneath and a large garden on top.

The garden is also designed to rotate, following the sun to collect sunlight for solar panels, skylight windows and plants.


Jo particularly liked the design on the building and commented that the warm air rising up from the living area would help the plants grow on top. Maggie loved the design and mentioned that she struggles to grow plants and vegetables in her London home, so this would be a perfect solution.

Tom (aged 13 from Hampshire) created the Drone Transport Hub, a low profile eco-building with the technology to interact with autonomous vehicles.

It solves a problem of transport and ease of access to some areas, it also helps with congestion which is one of the causes of climate change, by making journeys faster, cleaner, and electric.


Jo felt that Tom is being really clever with his design, trying to get us to use alternative methods of transport. Cars take up a lot of space which could be better used. All the experts loved Tom’s use of AI in his building.

Leon (aged 11 from Stallingborough) designed The house of Pacific Light. This lighthouse is powered by water and it can track earthquakes and tsunamis.

It solves natural disasters by tracking them before they happen. It is powered by water so it doesn’t use up electricity.


Louise loved Leon’s use of materials. Shimmering edges are fantastic and would look beautiful as well as useful. Maggie really appreciated the idea behind this building and how it could help buy time to help save lives in natural disasters.

Jonah and Gideon (aged 10 and 8 from Leicester) created The Palm Tree Garden.

Our building is called The Palm Tree Garden. It is a glass palm tree as tall as a skyscraper. Just imagine, you’re walking through an Urban Jungle and you see a towering glass palm tree full of plants and greenery. You’re on the top floor and, like petals in the Sun, the roof opens up…

Jonah and Gideon

Louise felt their description of their building was really evocative and Jo really liked how they took on the challenge around biomimicry. Maggie loved how they worked together on their building too!

Abby (aged 11 from Longstanton) created a library and research centre called the Tower of Knowledge.

On top, it has metal leaves, similar to those on a plant, to collect water. It then has a water filter so the water can be used elsewhere on the building. On the second floor, it has iPads which can then be used to turn things into holographic projections to be studied more clearly and efficiently. The third floor is an archive of maps and blueprints and, on the first floor, there is a claw-like machine that can be programmed to find books in the library.


Maggie loved how Abby had considered technology to help people learn in their individual ways. Louise thought the design was really elegant and loved the attention to detail.

Miriam (aged 11 from Hampshire) created the Photosynthetic School.

It uses a process like photosynthesis to get its power. This is because of the titanium roof, and some technology. It also reduces carbon in the air. The roof also insulates the school. There is a shady area beneath the school where pupils can play and learn, as well as an unshaded playground around that.


Jo really loved this building. She felt it had a well-rounded design and displayed a great use of biomimicry and use of light and shade. Louise felt this school was very generous as it considered a lot about the community and the people that could use it.

Claudia (aged 7 from Hampshire) created the Greenhouse Submarine, an underwater greenhouse.

It’s a greenhouse built into the side if a cliff that’s underwater. The cliff has been hollowed out so the facility can be built. It’s has a purification tank, a water wheel to generate power and a greenhouse.


Jo, who works as a tunnel engineer, loved this building. Louise thought it was a great design, and suggested the use of papier mâché to create the texture of rocks.

The Cake Lab was created by Ineke (aged 11 from Longstanton).

My building is a cake shop with a difference. My design for a futuristic building is a cake shop where you can design your own cake and it is made by robots. At the moment this would be very useful because it saves people from having to work close together and you could pick up your cake at different times. When the rules change you will be allowed to eat there.


Maggie said she would be there for the opening of this building and the first in the queue! She mentioned also that all the technology Ineke had considered is absolutely feasible. She also loved the personalisation of the cakes, as did Jo who is gluten intolerance and struggles to find baked goods she can eat.

Isla and Millie (aged 12 and 11 from Hampshire) created The Place to Be, a multi-functional building.

It is a building with many aspects such as a a shopping centre, swimming pool, library, cinema, skate park, child care centre and a safe place were homeless people can access food, showers, clean clothes and a safe place to sleep.

Isla and Millie

Louise felt this was a very kind and important idea and loved the idea of creating a space in the community to bring people together and felt the pupils should be commended for thinking about that.

Reuben (aged 13 from Hampshire) created his building out of cake! This is the underwater railway system he created to connect towns and cities together.

It uses less carbon than aeroplanes, and can be used for transportation between countries. It creates jobs in several countries.


Reuben even sent across comments whilst watching the Live Feedback Session to let us know what the cake was made from and how good it tasted which made the panel very hungry!

Louise loved how Reuben considered the future of travel at a time where people don’t want to sit on aeroplanes. This would be a great solution, and a wonderful way for people to travel between countries in a safe and comfortable way.

Frances (aged 10 from Liverpool) built The Horcrux, a building combining living space with work space.

My building is special because it has a soul and brings communities together to help the environment and improve living and work spaces.


Jo loved the nod to Harry Potter with the naming of this building, and also felt the design had a lot of character and showcased many kind and thoughtful ideas. Louise felt this was a building with a lot of soul!

Elin (aged 12 from Monmouth) created the Ty Afon (Welsh for River House).

As well as eco friendly aspects to the house such as solar panels, a slanted roof allows rainwater to go straight into the river and filtered river water.


Maggie loved how this houses scientists and likes all the ways that it encompasses what Elin had set out to do. Jo loved the stilts on this building, and how it could cope with rising sea levels.

Freya (aged 10 from Worcester) created the Tech Tree.

It’s a residential building in the form of a tree. It has a mindfulness area on the roof. There are lots of rooms and is clad with wood on the outside.


Louise thought this was a gentle, soft building which will allow people to feel peaceful and calm. Maggie was in love with the design and the attention to detail and Jo felt that this was a building full of fun and creativity.

Jack (aged 7 from Worcester) built Biggy, a residential building.

It is snug and cosy with a disco room and chill-out area. It is also clever as you can talk to it. It is protected from flooding (by bunds). It also has an electric charging point.


Jo really liked the fun aspect of the building! Everybody needs a disco! Maggie loved the idea that this building would have a light carbon footprint.

Fin (aged 10 from Winscombe) built the Nice House.

It tackles global warming by using magnetics that are on the roof to create electricity. This also helps with pollution.


Jo really liked Fin’s ideas around using magnets as a clean source of energy and also commented that the technology could also be retrofitted into older buildings. Louise loved how you could see Fin’s designs of the magnets on top of the building too.

Freya (aged 10 from Winscombe) created The New Build, her future home!

This is the home I’m going to live in when I’m older! There is a sweet shop in the house and a beach for a back garden. There is a moat that waters the plants and I grow all my own vegetables and fruit. I don’t have to use as much water as I have my own moat.


Lousise felt this was a wonderful model showing the gardens, the water and featured a great use of colours. She also loved how Freya thought about how we could all reduce our own global footprints. Maggie said she felt instant joy when she saw Freya’s design!

Daniel (aged 12 from Camberley) created the Sky Home.

The house has an amazing design it is above or in the trees, it can go anywhere. This is so it doesn’t take up too much space on the ground. The air will be healthier as you will have trees around you. This means you can build houses without cutting down so many trees. The house has solar panels on the roof so you to have electricity to power your house. There is also a rainwater collector for the toilet, shower and washing machine. So no water will be wasted. Water from the shower will be used to water the plants. There are food plants growing on the outside tube pillar of the house which are watered by the shower water. This means there will be food to eat as there will be less food in the future.


All the experts loved the ideas behind this building and how sustainable it was. Louise really liked the process Daniel had gone through and how it absolutely reflected the job that real architects too, brainstorming ideas, sketching out detailed designs, and then building models.

Bowen (aged 12 from Hampshire) designed The Mound.

This house is aptly named the mound and it is an underground house. The benefits of this are the natural insulation and warmth as well as reducing building work and footprint. This house is designed to be comfortable all year round without doing any damage to the environment. It has natural ventilation pumps and fold in walls to make the space easier to heat in winter and cooler and more open plan in summer.


Louise thought this building demonstrated real ambition and loved that it would be comfortable all year round. Jo thought this ticked all the right boxes with regards to design, sustainability and also loved the use of materials on the model.

Kimaya (aged 8 from London) built The Porthole, an innovative, green laboratory.

My building is special because it has straw bricks, solar panels, vegetation and a pulley to take the tests to the experiment level. My building helps to stop climate change by having vegetation on it and the straw bricks, which have good insulating properties, and solar panels mean we use less energy.


Louise thought this was a great example of how design and architecture can help produce opportunities to enable to people to enjoy life. She felt this was a beautiful design. Jo felt this was a very clever and fun building, and the lift (which Kimaya explained worked like a pelican’s beak) was a great example of biomimicry. Maggie felt the colours and the design were really interesting and loved the use of straw bales which are versatile and strong.

Milan (aged 8 from London) designed and built the Sustainable Floating Tower.

This building tackled the challenges of bio diversity, homelessness, climate change and changing cities.

Maggie felt this model demonstrates fresh thinking and a completely different take on what buildings are like today. She encouraged Milan to keep being creative, people often get stuck in what they know. Louise loved the design too, and enjoyed how alive this building looked and felt.

Annabelle (aged 11 from Kent) created My Home of the Future.

My building consists of a large glass playroom which is surrounded by a double layer of glass. This allows water in-between, which keeps them cool in summer (as it moves the pre-warmed water into the cylinder for handwashing, etc. and replaces it with cold water and warm in winter when it is heated). All greywater is collected and used to water the garden and flush the toilets. The water in the glass also protects the people inside from UV rays. What makes this special us the house is designed with children’s needs put first!


Maggie loved how this building combined a lot of ideas but really put children first. Jo felt the ideas demonstrated great social cohesion, and thought this would be a very happy and relaxed place to live. Louise felt this building showed real personality!

Once again, we have been absolutely delighted and impressed with all the consideration the pupils have put into their designs and models to built a smarter, kinder, safer City of Tomorrow. If you would like to register your own children (or, if you’re a teacher, your class!) you can learn more and register at http://athome.teentechcity.com.