David Kohn Architects
39–51 Highgate Road
London NW5 1RT
+44 (0)20 7424 8596 tel
An open international competition for a park hub building and landscape commissioned by the Olympic Park Legacy Company. Our shortlisted proposal, Cloud Pavilion, was inspired by the history of the site. If travelling eastwards out of central London, the Lea Valley is one's first encounter with an abundance of uninterrupted sky. In 1802, amateur meteorologist Luke Howard was similarly taken by the Valley's skies and invented cloud classifications whilst out walking - cumulus, cirrus and stratus.
We proposed three different landscapes of cloud-like landforms and a cloud-like pavilion floating above. Underneath the billowing roof would be a series of generous rooms, each with its own distinct character, that would house the various required programmes. Organised like a Palladian villa, each room addressed a different orientation and could be used independently or in tandem with other spaces. These included a small auditorium, a multi-purpose hall, a café and a winter garden housing a prayer room.
Landscape - David Buck Landscape Architects
Play strategy - Davies White Landscape Architects
Structures - Alan Baxter & Associates
Environment - Max Fordham LLP
Costs - Jackson Coles
Graphics - Sara de Bondt Studio