Location: London, UK
Client: London Legacy Development Corporation
Status: Invited competition
Size: 17,000 m2 façade
Credits: ACME (Julia Cano, Lizy Huyghe, Friedrich Ludewig, Frederic Meurisse)
The London Olympic games have left behind a collection of utilitarian service buildings, including a bland car-park occupying a prominent position at the top of the Olympic Park. The building is relatively large and long. The interior programme does not provide any variety of uses that could potentially animate the façade. It is seen mostly whilst travelling at a relatively high speeds on the adjacent motorway.
Rather then apologizing, the proposal celebrates its size and location by making a simple, sculptural statement in the form of a 3-dimensional wave brick façade, creating a changing pattern when perceived at speed. The 3-dimensional form has inherent structural stability, thus minimizing the need for substructure and support framework.
The design is formulated as a completely modular system, whereby the whole building is made from a small variety of prefabricated panels, rotated 180 degrees to generate the wave as a surface. The panels can be produced off-site using tested technology, and installed as larger units, which have been modulated to the existing structural slabs. Columns are used to make fixing back to the frame as clean, fast and simple as possible.