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How would you design a new folly for Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal?



11 year old Yorkshire school boy, Foster Carter, took inspiration from the Yorkshire weather to win the architectural design competition organised by North Yorkshire Society of Architects in partnership with the National Trust. The competition invited children from Yorkshire and the North East to design an interactive outdoor sculpture as part of folly! 2018, the National Trust site’s contemporary art programme to reimagine lost follies which have long-disappeared from the landscape of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. 

Following design workshops run voluntarily by local architects to 2500 children at 50 primary schools across Yorkshire and the North East, Foster's design ‘the Cloud’ was chosen from over 1700 entries. The sculpture will use a 4.2m wooden frame to hold up a ‘cloud’ of collected rain water, and will be situated at Silver Pond, near the entrance to the World Heritage Site garden of Studley Royal.

Foster's work is now on display until 4 November as part of folly! at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Read more about folly! at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/folly

Children were encouraged to engage creatively with their surroundings and to see their imaginations run free with the endless possibilities of what a folly could be. Competition entries did not disappoint, and we received an amazing array of weird and wonderful ideas.

This website is a celebration of all these great ideas. Please enjoy!


This project is brought to you by North Yorkshire Society of Architects in partnership with the National Trust

With the kind support of

Pictured: Architectural visualisation of Foster’s original design prepared by NYSA

architectural design competition for primary schools