Anthill Creations transforms the frequented under-utilised public places into interactive spaces bringing together users from multiple segments [age/background]. The entire transformation is done using only recycled materials like scrap tires, plastic bottles, broken tiles in an innovative way.

A team of five architecture graduates from IIT Kharagpur came together and completed their first project on campus. It was a playground made of 80-90 recycled tires located at Disha Seema Care Centre, IIT Kharagpur, a residential school for underprivileged children. These days, they are collaborating on a project at Sadhana Forest, Auroville with an international organisation Rise Now, which is driving the same agenda in Mexico. The team also plans to create interactive waiting areas in public transit zones, and working towards forming a long term collaboration with Bangalore Railways. They are also in the process of launching two more playground projects in Bangalore & Kharagpur. The goal is to bring together like-minded individuals through their app platform for volunteer activities aimed towards reclaiming lost spaces.

The innovation


World-wide, more than 981 million tires are thrown away each year and even less than 7% are recycled, 11% are burned for fuel, and 5% are exported. The remaining 77% are sent to landfills, stockpiled, or illegally dumped. That’s almost 765 million old tires a year wasted across the world! []. Anthill uses these tires to create play spaces for underprivileged kids and interactive spaces for public. Such projects have very few precedents in India and have never been considered to be replicated on a larger platform. The team targets intangible learning solutions, focused towards early childhood which has frequently been a neglected component in the past.

Environmental Impact


Tires do not biodegrade and have significant negative space. Tires pose many environmental problems like mosquito infestation, tire fires or take up landfill space.



Unused public spaces are identified and transformed into beautiful useful areas through recycled materials where people come together to interact and learn together.



Recycling waste has twice the economic impact of landfilling. As landfill space becomes more sparse, disposal costs become higher.

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