Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park North Hub and Playground: Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay Playground

Our brief was to create a community hub and playground embedded in the landscape setting of the Olympic Park. We designed the landscape as continuation of the park with its large-scale buildings, powerful and fluid landforms, sweeps of planting and its focus on connectivity, fluidity of movement and ecology.
The building was designed as an extension of the landscape. Landforms and planting conceal and reveal the building as visitors move through the park. Internal and external spaces relate to each other. The cantlevering roof planes frame views to adjacent Olympic venues.
The building contains a café, community space and public toilet provisions for the North Park. The café enjoys views in three directions and is located at the intersection of main pedestrian and cycle pathways.
The community room opens on to the intimate grass lawn enclosed by hazel woodlands. The rhythm of the façade reads as natural extension of the multi-stem hazels.
Both main spaces benefit from views and natural light from all sides. The structural properties of the cross-laminated timber panels were used to their full capacity to provide covered external space underneath slender cantilevering roof overhangs.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Client: London Legacy Development Corporation and BAM Nuttall
Cost: Confidential
Status: Completed 2013

MIPIM Awards, Best Urban Regeneration Project, 2015, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, currently shortlisted
New London Award, Public Spaces, 2014, winner
Civic Trust National Award, 2014, winner
Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design, 2014, winner
Architecture, Scots Pine Forest play design and lead consultants: erect architecture
Masterplan, landscape architecture, play design, planning consultancy: LUC
Engagement and art strategy: Ashley McCormick
Services, underground drainage, BREEAM, acoustics: Max Fordham
Structural engineering: Tall Engineers
Quantity surveying: Huntley Cartwright
Access consultancy: Shape Arts
Catering consultant: Russell Partnership
Contractor: BAM Nuttall
Photography: David Grandorge, erect architecture