Within the context of the approaching
2012 Olympic Games in London, this design
proposal addresses the impact which the
global scale of the Olympics phenomenon
can make within the local scale of a community.
Olympic sports facilities are generally
designed to fulfill a very particular
time-specific function. Beyond this these
facilities can often become difficult
to sustain, white elephants. Sports facilities
can however make a lasting contribution
to local communities and can make a significant
environmental impact locally and globally.
Hackney in East London is an eclectic
area which has been developed over many
generations for many different purposes.
It has developed, deteriorated, re-developed,
adapted, changed and rebuilt itself again.
Following our design, the proposed stadium
would suit the needs of the specific event
but also the long term needs of the people
of Hackney, and to a wider extent all
Londoners. After the games the stadium
would transform itself into a civic space
where people, culture, sport and leisure
would meet to generate a social and economic
focus currently lacking within the immediate
area. The stadium design is driven by
the dual concept of Street and Amphitheatre.
The Street, located beneath the rib structure,
brings the experience of the everyday
life of Hackney inside the stadium. In
legacy mode the street provides facilities
which the area desperately needs. It will
offer a social focus, a place where people
come to mix, have a drink, shop and enjoy
and the activities it generates will encourage
safe and healthy development in the area.
The Amphitheatre is the internal area
of the stadium. While it will work independently
as a venue for live events, audiences
will mix with local people enjoying the