‘queen elizabeth olympic park’ by erect architecture, london, UK
all images courtesy of the olympic park legacy company
london-based firm erect architecture‘s proposal for the north hub of the ‘queen elizabeth olympic park’ for the summer 2012
olympics in london celebrates the ecological heritage and native landscape palette found within the region. positioned within
the sculptural parkland north of the main events, the integrated hub and playground will explore the theme of life cycles.
three generated landforms will respond to the natural topography, resembling an unfurling leaf which reveals the hub as
the site’s focal element.
placed between two earth mounds, the timber structure will reveal itself to visitors across the luscious meadows which
will eventually spread and grow upon the roof of the building. the cafe’s outdoor seating area looks towards the south towards
a birch tree woodland and olympic venues. a hardwood lining forms outdoor seating and blends into the interior while the cladding’s
vertical detailing creates a dialogue with surrounding trees. a large grass area will provide space for family picnics and gather.
view of hub from south
points of interest within the site include a hazel copse which will be selectively harvested every seven years to maintain
the species along with a den making and bug hotel area for children to play within the environment and explore in nature.
large-scale timber and stone seed heads will be dispersed throughout the grounds with phrases and facts. a sand and
water element will let visitors become water engineers, damming and manipulating water flows to irrigate plant beds.
robust swing installations will accommodate groups of individuals while a skate park brings interest to the area after
the games come to an end.
view of hub building from north play area
entering the hub
view through the multi purpose room towards hazel woodland
view of water play area
view of rock landscape
view of pine forest play structures
landscape master plan
1. hub building
2. events lawn
3. hazel copse
4. den making & bug hotel
5. movement area
6. seed heads play
7. sand & water play
8. life cycle story of plants
9. the pine forest
10. large scale swings
11. rock landscape
12. skate park
floor plan / level 0
2. cafe covered external space
7. staff accessible WC and shower
10. prayer room
11. part M WCs and baby change
12. female WCs
13. male WCs
16. multipurpose room
17. mp r covered external space