Trafalgar Square's crazy golf in London with holes designed by Zaha Hadid and Paul Smith

  • The London Design Festival in September has plans for a nine-hole crazy golf course in Trafalgar Square
  • The golfing experience will be free for the public who will tee-off at holes created by designers, artists and architects
  • In order for the colourful week-long event to occur, £120,000 has to be raised on the project's crowd-funding website

A crazy golf course with holes designed by creative visionaries including Paul Smith and the late Dame Zaha Hadid may be built in London's Trafalgar Square.

If plans go ahead, the London Design Festival project will take over the famous area outside the National Gallery for a week in September with holes designed by nine of the world’s most renowned architects, artists and designers, including the late architect and clothing designer. 

Camille Walala, Ordinary Architecture, HAT Projects with Tim Hunkin, Neon Studio and Atelier Bow-Wow have also signed up and members of the public will be able to tee-off for free at the nine unique holes they've created.

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Trafalgar Square in London could be getting a crazy golf course with holes designed by creative visionaries that include Paul Smith and the late Dame Zaha Hadid. Pictured is Paul Smith's hole design

Trafalgar Square in London could be getting a crazy golf course with holes designed by creative visionaries that include Paul Smith and the late Dame Zaha Hadid. Pictured is Paul Smith's hole design

Camille Walala, Ordinary Architecture, HAT Projects with Tim Hunkin, Neon Studio and Atelier Bow-Wow have also signed up and members of the public will be able to tee-off for free at the unique holes they've created. Pictured is Atelier Bow-Wow's design 

Camille Walala, Ordinary Architecture, HAT Projects with Tim Hunkin, Neon Studio and Atelier Bow-Wow have also signed up and members of the public will be able to tee-off for free at the unique holes they've created. Pictured is Atelier Bow-Wow's design 

One of the most unusual holes at the festival will be this giant pigeon structure by Ordinary Architecture, where balls travel through the creature's gut

One of the most unusual holes at the festival will be this giant pigeon structure by Ordinary Architecture, where balls travel through the creature's gut

In order for the golfing experience to become a reality, £120,00 has to be raised on Kickstarter.   

Mr Smith is the curator and ambassador for the scheme, and has created limited edition accessories – from socks to scarves – to celebrate the project and as rewards for pledging money. 

Additional rewards include tote bags by Camille Walala, Early ‘Birdie’ tickets, studio tours and a round of golf with Paul Smith.

Dame Zaha Hadid, who died in March, was among those briefed to come up with 'a miniature pavilion that represents the future of architecture', preferably involving unusual shapes and bright colours. 

Hadid's creation is described as 'an undulating course with two levels that will snake elegantly between Trafalgar Square’s lions'.

Other holes include Tom Dixon’s, with its funnel and nest of pneumatic tubes through which golf balls will hurtle; a circuitous maze by Mark Wallinger; a netted driving range by the Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow; and a cross-section by Ordinary Architecture of a giant pigeon, through whose gut golf balls will travel. 

Dame Zaha Hadid, who died in March, was among those briefed to come up with 'a miniature pavilion that represents the future of architecture', preferably involving 'unusual shapes and bright colours'. Hadid's creation (pictured) is described on the page as being 'an undulating course with two levels that will snake elegantly between Trafalgar Square's lions'

Dame Zaha Hadid, who died in March, was among those briefed to come up with 'a miniature pavilion that represents the future of architecture', preferably involving 'unusual shapes and bright colours'. Hadid's creation (pictured) is described on the page as being 'an undulating course with two levels that will snake elegantly between Trafalgar Square's lions'

In order for the golfing experience to become a reality, £120,00 has to be raised on course's crowd-funding page. This hole was designed by award winning London-based studio Neon

In order for the golfing experience to become a reality, £120,00 has to be raised on course's crowd-funding page. This hole was designed by award winning London-based studio Neon

Futuristic: 3D renderings of graphic designer Camille Walala's golf hole, which features bright colours and unusual shapes
Futuristic: 3D renderings of graphic designer Camille Walala's golf hole, which features bright colours and unusual shapes

Futuristic: 3D renderings of graphic designer Camille Walala's golf hole, which features bright colours and unusual shapes 

'Supporters of this project will bring about a public takeover of Trafalgar Square, transforming it into a free, colourful and playful arena of Visionary Crazy Golf,' the team behind the proposal wrote on Kickstarter.

'It will attract a wide, public audience and inspire the next generation of creative. Thousands will be able to play the course, and millions more will watch and enjoy this experience, both in the square and though media.'

If funds are raised, London Design Festival hope to debut the course on September 17 - 25, during its annual week-long takeover of the central London square.

Previous projects include a giant chess set with 6.56ft-high ceramic pieces in 2009, followed by eight robots from Audi's production line in 2010. 

The kickerstarter page confirms it has secured permission from the Mayor’s office to use Trafalgar Square.

Zaha Hadid Architects commented: 'On March 31, Zaha Hadid sadly passed away. Among many other architectural initiatives, she was involved in the design of this crazy golf hole – which so evidently reflects the organic forms for which she became so well known. The practice will continue, and we would like to complete this project as a memorial to her. Zaha taught us to work with curiosity, integrity, passion and determination, everyone at ZHA is committed to continuing this legacy.'

Paul Smith, curator and ambassador for the project, said: 'All of the designers I invited to take part, both distinguished and emerging talents, have been given free rein to be playful, original and have fun. The result will be a wonderful and accessible display, right at the heart of London, which will celebrate design and creativity, and explore engineering and new materials.

'It will both entertain and inspire. Please help make it happen!'

Hat Projects and Tim Hunkin explore functionality and lifecycle in a hole called Downfall. Keen putters can pledge between £5 to £5,000, with the largest donations coming with added benefits such as playing a round with golfing master Paul Smith on the opening day

Hat Projects and Tim Hunkin explore functionality and lifecycle in a hole called Downfall. Keen putters can pledge between £5 to £5,000, with the largest donations coming with added benefits such as playing a round with golfing master Paul Smith on the opening day

Other holes in the course include furniture designer Tom Dixon's concept, which has a funnel and nest of tubes

Other holes in the course include furniture designer Tom Dixon's concept, which has a funnel and nest of tubes

In 2009, the London Design Festival erected giant chess pieces in Trafalgar Square in a feature called The Tournament by Jaime Hayón

In 2009, the London Design Festival erected giant chess pieces in Trafalgar Square in a feature called The Tournament by Jaime Hayón

Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival, said: 'We expect Visionary Crazy Golf to be one of the most popular Festival Landmark Projects to date. 

'We’re sure it will attract a varied audience, from design aficionados to small children, attracted by the invention, playfulness and creativity of the course.

'And we look forward to seeing how they all interact in their different ways with the imaginations of some of our best known designers and architects.' 

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