The elegant and dynamic form of the Velodrome was the first stadium to be completed in Stratford’s Olympic Village. It has since won awards for its design and sustainability, the latter in particular is something designers Hopkins Architects are very proud of.
The venue cleverly makes use of natural light in the form of a glass band that runs around the entire building connecting the athletes inside to the visitors in the Olympic Park outside. The same glass band ‘props up’ the beautiful curved facade of the building, clad in Western red cedar. The architects claim sustainability over beauty, was the driving factor in their design. But for me the timber clad facade is a sculptural masterpiece.
Nike are one of the many pop-up shops appearing around London in preperation for the Olympics. The brand have recently acquired a beautiful atrium space in Liberty, London.
Their pop-up is perfectly fitting for the Liberty’s customer and the surrounding architecture. It has elegance and grace in the form of ornately detailed balloons that spiral up through the atrium. It juxtaposes the store interestingly however with the use of premium materials and illuminated feature walls behind bespoke contemporary/traditional furniture. Continue Reading
Looking forward to the Olympics? Me neither. Looking forward to the mayhem on London transport for four weeks? Me neither. What I am looking forward to is a tour around the olympic village to look at some of the amazing stadiums that have been built and seeing things like this, bomb proof bins with built in LCD screens. Continue Reading