Olympic Games London 2013
Architecture for 45 Days use. Materials reusable when disassembled.
The design aims to create a social space extending along the top of Trafalgar Square adapting itself to the flux of passing people and allowing the presence of usual street performers. Volumetrically it occupies the frontal space of the New National Gallery porch plinth.
The idea is to use an ecological cheap material, red brick, repeated extensively, creating a new floor from which the volumes walls grow using the same material. The volumes are covered with a stainless steel roof.
For added safety all walls have a metal lattice on top and bottom joined by a tensed 5 mm steel cables passing through adequate holes on the bricks. The bricks assembled in different positions make it possible to create the whole construction without showing anywhere any part of the inner brick. Horizontal bricks are trimmed with cork and marble slabs, standard size 500×500×30 mm. The cork is used to smooth and regularize contact surfaces such as brick / stone or in between brick layers. All the materials are assembled with dry joints regarding the reusability of the material used.
All the doors are of the sliding glass type, hanging from the ceiling. As a specific example, the small door of the shop and information room, when open, covers the posters wall, which doesn’t need to be covered when the place is closed.
The bricks give some colour to the square, and when the weather turns grey and rainy their orange colour explodes in intensity.
Competition - London, England 2012