Information Pavilion London 2012

Olympic Games London / United Kingdom / 2011

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The complex geometry of the modern information center is a product of a contemporary interpretation of the two-dimensional square, including the square’s historical buildings and radiating streets. The ubiquitous square realizes a three-dimensional form as it incorporates specific functional units: information centers, restaurants, an administrative building, a public sanitation building and a tank (?). If we imagine observing the public through a crystal dome covering the square, we can understand how its architecture enhances the surrounding urban space. The new, curvilinear plywood information center is street furniture, similar to a garden bench or a gazebo, and possibly covered by climbing plants. The center’s design facilitates a dialogue with the different characteristics of urban space. It is not just a hub of information, but is also an area where tourists may peacefully meditate in the setting of a historic center and an evolving old city. The information center is a unit of architecture, assembled with natural materials such as wood and glass, and built within a priceless, historical space. It is a contemporary, architectural element with its own language, and a shape defined by its urban surroundings. As a removable building, it can be re-situated in different locations, such as in the inner city or a garden. As such, it should be considered a live sculpture that retains the niche memories of its previous placements. The roof is structurally sound and able to hold the weight of solar paneling. The photovoltaic cells allow for the self-sustainability of the building. Furthermore, the roof is home to a garden, enhancing the greenness of the square. This contemporary prototype was modeled after past ones, but employs newer, energy-efficient technologies in its construction and design.
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    The complex geometry of the modern information center is a product of a contemporary interpretation of the two-dimensional square, including the square’s historical buildings and radiating streets. The ubiquitous square realizes a three-dimensional form as it incorporates specific functional units: information centers, restaurants, an administrative building, a public sanitation building and a tank (?). If we imagine observing the public through a crystal dome covering the square, we can...

    Project details
    • Year 2011
    • Work started in 2011
    • Work finished in 2011
    • Main structure Wood
    • Status Competition works
    • Type Pavilions
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