QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK

THE SOUTH PARK PLEASURE GARDENS
HOW MIGHT SOUTH PARK BECOME A MUCH-LOVED LEISURE DESTINATION FOR LONDON, A SPECTACULAR ATTRACTION FOR BOTH RESIDENTS AND VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD? FURTHERMORE, HOW MIGHT THE DESIGN OF THE PARK PROVIDE SPACES THAT FLEXIBLY ACCOMODATE A WIDE VARIETY OF FUTURE PROGRAMMING EVENTS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME APPEALLING TO A BROAD SPECTRUM OF THE PUBLIC ON ORDINARY UNPROGRAMMED DAYS? FOR THE MAIN SOUTH PARK AND HUB AREA WE PROPOSE FOUR PHYSICAL LANDSCAPE FRAMEWORKS THAT CAN BE EASILY IMPLEMENTED AND SHAPE A HIGHLY SOCIAL AND EVENTFUL SERIES OF “PLEASURE GARDENS”: 1. ARC PROMENADE 2. PLANTING RIBBON & HEDGEROW 3. EVENT ROOMS 4. LAWNS & GARDENS Taken together, the Arc Promenade, the Planting Ribbon, the Event Rooms and the Lawns and Gardens create a powerful landscape framework for both everyday use and enjoyment as well as for supporting a wide range of event programming, from food festivals and markets to rides and small circuses, to concerts and performances, to arts, culture and education. The design is clearly legible, iconic, playful and varied, while at the same time capable of supporting a diverse range of uses. This theatrical event site, set within a larger network of ecological green systems, waterways and world-class attractions, creates a destination legacy park for London – scenic and social on a daily basis, and eventful and active when programmed.

AQUATICS CENTER

EVENT LAWN THE HUB

STRATFORD WATERFRONT

THE ORBIT GATEWAY

LABYRINTH

THEATRE ARC PROMENADE

A LANDSCAPE FRAMEWORK FOR A SOCIALLY DYNAMIC & EVENTUFUL PLEASURE GROUND

OVERALL VIEW OF THE PLEASURE GARDENS

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ARC PROMENADE

LABYRINTH

THE SOUTH PARK HUB
THE HUB BUILDING IS A SIMPLE YET ELEGANT RECTILINEAR FORM LOCATED AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE PROMENADE, IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE ORBIT. IT WILL BECOME A KEY DESTINATION FOR VISITORS TO THE SOUTH PARK, WITH ITS PRIME SETTING OFFERING STRONG VISUAL CONNECTIONS WITH THE RIVER AND THE SURROUNDING PARK. Due to the scale and complexity of the park’s prominent stadia, we propose a simple, low-lying pavilion which is subtly stitched in to the flowing lines of the landscape, complementing the nearby largescale structures rather than competing with them. The Hub takes the form of a series of horizontal and vertical planes which enclose both the internal and external spaces. The spine walls separate the public and private areas and provide connection points for the organic lines of the planted landscape ribbon as they extend out from the building. A large, open café space is located at the heart of the pavilion, with an impressive transparent glazed frontage revealing the animation. Flexible event spaces are available if required, as well as covered external seating and a roof terrace above the café area which reveals stunning panoramic views of the south park. The vertical spine walls which project out from the building provide the ideal location for art and media projections, which will generate interest and encourage public engagement. Our strong yet simple concept provides a flexible design framework on to which future additions can be easily incorporated. This rational and practical design approach results in an elegant and well-proportioned pavilion which is highly efficient and buildable, facilitating the quick delivery of a high quality building within a challenging budget.

CONCEPT SKETCH

DESIGN EVOLUTION

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ALIGN TO PROMENADE

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PUBLIC & PRIVATE

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BREAK TO CONNECT WITH PROMENADE

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PROVIDE CENTRAL PUBLIC SPACE

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RE-ORIENTATE SOUTHERN BLOCK TO PROVIDE FRONTAGE

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MAXIMISE PUBLIC FRONTAGE

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EXTEND SPINE WALLS INTO LANDSCAPE

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THE SOUTH PARK HUB & LEGACY ATTRACTIONS

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. CAFE EVENT SPACES KITCHEN MULTI-FAITH ROOMS TOILETS AND CHANGING FACILITIES 6. RECEPTION & BOX OFFICE 7. GIFT SHOP 8. PLANT & STAFF FACILITIES

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CAFE EVENT SPACES MULTI-FAITH ROOMS THE TERRACE GIFT SHOP PLANT AND STAFF FACILITIES

SOUTH PARK EVENT & ACTIVITY HUB
WITH ITS STRATEGIC PROXIMITY AND IMPORTANT SUPPORT FUNCTIONS FOR THE ORBIT – UNDOUBTEDLY THE GREATEST ATTRACTION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK – THE SOUTH PARK HUB WILL BECOME THE FOCAL POINT OF DAYTO-DAY ACTIVITY THE PARK. To emphasize and support its role as the “Event Hub” within the Park, we have located the larger event rooms and spaces around this new feature. The Hub Building provides a generous and welcoming gateway to the Hub plaza area, spilling café uses and moveable furniture onto the plaza. This is a flexible event area, open, porous and social. The hard plaza meets a softer lawn area to the north, where one can sit, picnic and sun, or begin to stroll into the gardens and event rooms along the Arc.

SOUTH PARK PLACES
BELVEDERE

STRATFORD WATERFRONT

GATEWAY

AQUATICS CENTER THE PLEASURE GARDENS

THE HUB & ORBIT CITY MILL RIVER WATERWORKS RIVER

NEW EVENT PLATFORMS FOR SOUTH PARK

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TICKETING & CAFÉ PLAZA

CAFÉ & PLAZA ENTRY

THE SOUTH PARK PLEASURE GARDENS
LABYRINTH PLAYGROUND

AMPHITHEATRE & PROMENADE

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THE GATEWAY
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ARC PROMENADE
The Arc Promenade is the new spine and major social device of south park, linking all of the major spaces. Akin to a grand strolling promenade, the arc strongly orients the visitor on the site while establishing open views and connections.

PLANTING RIBBON / HEDGEROW
A 4m-wide planting strip of young trees, shrubs, tall textural grasses and perennials dramatically meanders along the western edge of the Arc Promenade, effectively shaping spaces and “rooms” for socialization and event programming.
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PERENNIAL CYPRESS BIRCH & GRASSES

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HAWTHORNE

BIRCH & OAK

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MAPLE & GRASSES

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PLAYGROUND
EVENT ROOMS
The “Event Rooms” are flexible spaces that can support performance functions, public art, programmed events and attractions. The Event Rooms vary in size to accommodate a wide range of events, from large concerts and festivals to small gatherings, exhibition, performances, play and art.

LAWNS & GARDENS
On the western side of the Planting Ribbon are the Lawns and Gardens. These are soft, flexible green spaces for passive uses in contrast to the harder, more active spaces to the east.
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RIVER THEATRE PLAYGROUND WATER SPLASH SOUND GARDEN CAROUSEL AMPHITHEATRE CONCERTS

LAWN THEATRE LABYRINTH

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THE HUB (ORBIT) THE EVENT LAWN THE ARC PROMENADE PLEASURE GARDENS THE GATEWAY STRATFORD FESTIVAL GROUNDS STRATFORD WATERFRONT BELVEDERE PUB & BEER GARDEN DANCE & SPORTS HUB

ART GARDEN

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CHERRY GARDEN AZALEA GARDEN

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PICNIC LAWN

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HUB PLAZA

FLEXIBLE EVENT LAWN

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WINTER FESTIVAL IN THE EVENT PLAZA

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