James (age 8, Dovelands Primary School) Glass pyramid indoor park
To coincide with our Leicester in Minecraft event, and to celebrate the building work Leicester City Council is carrying out across the city, we invited children and young people between the ages of 6-16 who live or attend school in Leicester to create a building in Minecraft that would make Leicester even better. Entries came flooding in, amazing us with the creativity, ingenuity and thoughtfulness they demonstrated.
A huge thank you to every one who took the time to enter!
The judging panel
The panel looked at the creativity and imagination demonstrated by the entries, as well as technical skill and ability, and the building’s potential to make Leicester even better. The standard of entries was excellent – making the judging an extremely tough job.
James, from Woodland Primary (age 8), Rufus Avenue Primary School (aged 8) and Abdulrahman, from Kestrels Field Primary School (aged 11) were all highly commended by the judging panel for their amazing creations.
James (aged 8, Dovelands Primary School) glass pyramid indoor park (interior)
I have chosen to create a massive glass indoor park, made from different coloured glass. There are pools on each side of the pyramid and underneath the floor is a large but shallow pool of water. My pyramid has two open doorways on each side of the pools so that people can walk in and out easily. Inside is an open space for anyone to enjoy, there are benches to sit on and sculptures to look at as well as the colourful view of the city. I chose to make this building because it is a very colourful sight and it is free for everyone to use! It is a very different type of building for Leicester.
Rufus (age 8, Avenue Primary School) Treehouse tree library
Rufus (age 8, Avenue Primary School) Treehouse tree library (from below)
I have chosen to build a tree library. It is basically a tree house with a library that has books about trees. I chose this building so children could learn more about trees. There are lots of trees and parks in Leicester so it would be nice to have somewhere to learn about them. I thought it would be exciting to make it in a tree house because it’s a library about trees.
Abdulrahman (aged 11, Kestrels Field Primary School) Hotel LOL
Abdulrahman’s entry was Hotel LOL, an “extremely big and luxurious” hotel for homeless people, made with sand, brown wool, glass and oakwood.
The three winners selected by the judges are Sean from Montrose Primary School (aged 11), Oliver from St Cuthbert’s Primary School (aged 11), and Gurinder from Soar Valley Community College (aged 12).
Sean (aged 11, Montrose Primary School) Three in One Building
Sean (aged 11, Montrose Primary School) Three in One Building – sweet shop and Korean barbecue seating
Sean’s entry particularly impressed the judges with the level of detail and design of both exterior and interior design. The building provides sweets, comics, and Korean barbecue. Sean explained that families don’t all like the same thing, so his building provides something for everyone:
“I chose the look of the building to be different from others since it has a balcony on the second floor and it has windows on the roof. Also it has a water fountain at the front, which is a nice view. I chose this building because it is different, it has something for everyone.”
Oliver (aged 10, St Cuthbert’s Primary School) Under- and Overground Roller Coaster
Oliver (aged 10, St Cuthbert’s Primary School) Under- and Overground Roller Coaster – birds-eye view
Oliver (aged 10, St Cuthbert’s Primary School) Under- and Overground Roller Coaster – lava section
Oliver’s entry was an dramatic under- and overground roller coaster – something currently missing from Leicester. The ride features scenic views of trees, vines, as well as having water and lava features. Oliver writes:
I chose to build a roller coaster for my Minecraft project. I thought about building a tall tower for Leicester so we have a famous land mark but then I wanted to have a bit of fun so I wanted to build something else and a roller coaster came into my head. It has multiple vertical drops.
I’ve lived in Leicester for all my life. There are a lot of good things in Leicester but there are a few things missing, like some famous land marks. I thought about building a religious as we have lots of unique religions. I then thought about building a tall building like the Empire State building, but then I realised the main thing we were missing was a roller coaster. I really love roller coasters, but there are no roller coasters in Leicester.
Gurinder (aged 12, Soar Valley Community College) FUN HUB – crazy golf
Gurinder’s building was the FUN HUB, a multi-purpose activity centre with floors providing an ice skating rink (with “classes and fun disco nights”) and indoor crazy golf. Gurinder writes:
This building is the FUN HUB. It is a multi purpose building with lots of fun things to do on every floor. There is a café and ice rink, crazy golf, restaurants with flavours from around the world, a library, terrace area. On the terrace you can sit to relax with a book, or go to the stargazing area in the evenings to look at stars with a cup of hot chocolate from the bar. The FUN HUB would be a cool place to go with friends and family, and I would want to take my relatives that visit Leicester to see the building. There are conference rooms and halls that have different workshops going on like cooking or baking classes, dance and beatboxing workshops and arts and crafts days.
More amazing entries
Eden (aged 10, Buswells Lodge Primary School) Leicester Sky Scraper
Eden’s sky scraper included a basement for “relaxing and looking at art or old items or fossils”, as well as a party room, and “awesome views of the city”.
Isaac (aged 8, Christ the King Catholic Primary School) King Richard III Hotel
I have chosen to create a hotel called ‘The King Richard the Third’ hotel. It has many floors which are all made out of different materials. There is a pub on the side with a swimming pool on the top and a number of rooms have balconies where people can sit outside. Each bedroom has a library and all are child friendly family size rooms. There is also a helicopter pad on the top in case any celebrities want to come and stay here.
Alijawad (aged 12, Soar Valley College) People’s Art Gallery
Alijawad created a People’s Art Gallery:
You can give in your art so you won’t just look at art you can also give it in if you would like. This will encourage others to embrace their creativity and imagination.
Jill (aged 6, Dovelands Primary School) Leicester Airport – runway and the control tower
Jill (aged 6, Dovelands Primary School) Leicester Airport – passengers boarding plane
Jill designed an airport for Leicester, with direct routes to Singapore.
Stan (aged 15, Beauchamp College) Learning Centre
Stan (aged 15, Beauchamp College) Learning Centre – entrance
I have created a learning centre with many functions such as computer training, engineering and inventing. I have attempted to create a calming environment to learn in using balconies and plant life. It is elevated on a wall and I mainly used dark oak wood, spruce wood and cobblestone for the exterior with lots of flowers.
The entrance “includes hanging chandeliers and an underfloor area with shrubbery and a tree which protrudes up to the staircase.”
Thomas (age 11, Leysland High School) Underground School
Thomas (age 11, Leysland High School) Underground School – utilities supply
Thomas’s underground school design made use of solar panels and took into account environmental issues.