Building A Real Life Pirate Island: The Story of Challis Island
“Not every home can have one, but it’s cheering to see one man’s game become a kind of reality” – The Daily Telegraph, commenting on Challis Island
THE CHALLENGE: The resulting themed architecture and interiors must absolutely not look like a theme park and should certainly not be constructed in the same manner. This meant no ‘fake’ plastic rocks or wood, no Plaster of Paris walls and certainly no exposed modern features (electric lights, plug sockets etc). All the work had to be of the same, if not higher, quality of Hollywood set design and prop-making.
We were responsible for all design work, engineering and construction. We also dealt diligently with planning applications on behalf of the client. We also created all pirate fixtures, fittings, interiors, furniture and street furniture.
OUR APPROACH: Here at The Master Wishmakers there absolutely has to be a reason that we make things look the way they look and behave the way they behave. In the case of Challis Island we decided to write our own short story about how this mysterious themed pirate island came to exist in the middle of the English countryside, far from the sea. Everybody loves a story and it was a chance to inject some real fun into the project. It also allowed our client to bond with the design on a much more personal level. You can read this story here.
This story then dictated the design and layout of the whole island.
For this project we shunned CAD drawings and computer visualisations and opted for a series of hand sketches and water colours to present our concepts to the client. Oh so 1718.