Cultural Quarter - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Working within Rick Mather Architects, we were shortlisted with Ramboll as one of the six finalist teams to develop a fully coordinated and costed design for a major new cultural and educational space at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The landmark £400m cultural complex incorporates a new Victoria and Albert Museum East, Sadlers Wells, University of the Arts and home to the Smithsonian.
Coordinated across four time zones, we led a team of RCR, Jun-ya Ishigami, SO-IL, Ab Rogers, and Gross Max to generate a highly original urban space and detailed proposals for the four institutions for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). The dense site considers how this peninsula site must reflect the ambiguity of the context, addressing both urban and park conditions.
The institutions are developed as a collection of sculptural elements connecting the strong form of the Aquatic Centre to the cluster of residential towers at the northern tip of the site. They are simultaneously read as both standalone buildings, but remain interconnected at their base. This offers a variety of urban conditions across the podium level, combining pragmatic servicing and access arrangements with a rich landscape of interlinked public and community spaces where the cultural life can blend and blur and the different park and street levels can be connected across a continuous accessible surface.