parametric design project olympic games information pavillon | london _great britain

published in AC-CA

competition brief of the AC-CA: 'the olympic games sees the biggest and most prestigious sporting event in the world being staged for an unprecedented third time in london next year, thus making london the first city in the world to host the modern summer games for a third time. london is the largest urban zone in the european union with a cosmopolitan population of over 7.7 million residence. the london games is being eagerly anticipated by millions of sporting fans around the world. the games, which officially kicks off on the 27th july 2012 will see the arrival of the world’s top athletes and their team officials representing their various participating nations, international dignitar- ies, the games officials and not to mention millions of supporters and fans.

the aim of this competition is to design a temporary, free standing information pavillon within the world famous trafalgar square in the heart of london during the 2012 games.the competition hopes to achieve the following:

1. encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the games.

2. research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the games.

3. encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.'

design concept column meets canopy: the project's goal is to get a sheltered but open and extremely communicative urban space. the semipermeable glazed wooden roof generates a permanent atmospheric change of light and shadow. the formal dialog with the nelson column, dominating the trafalgar square, transforms the theme of 'needle and globe', to be seen at the 'new york world's fair 1939'. two fundamental spatial protoypes are temporarily inspiring the site.

designed by _matthias karch

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