Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea, Derbyshire

Playful but fastidiously detailed landmarking signage

Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea
Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Credit: William Lane

East Midlands RIBA Regional Award 2019

Tonkin Liu for Beam
Contract value: £65,000
Internal area: 250m²
Cost per m²: £260

Doe Lea – a proud former mining community – was struggling to evolve from its historic mining heritage. The village felt it needed to come together to find common ground and a new purpose. BEAM, a Yorkshire based public arts charity, ran an architectural competition for a permanent landmark on a traffic island that would mark the entrance to the village. Tonkin Liu’s design is a careful interpretation of the curved scars of the industrial landscape and how its curves could be seen as a ‘line going for a walk’. The result is an anamorphic red line spelling out, when all aligned on your approach by vehicle, the village name.

Regional Small Project of the Year

  • Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea
    Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Credit: Tonkin Liu
  • Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea
    Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Credit: Alex Peacock
  • Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea
    Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Credit: William Lane
  • Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea
    Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Credit: William Lane
  • Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea
    Dancing Flowers of Doe Lea Credit: Alex Peacock
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