Irish Architects O’Donnell + Tuomey and London-based Allies and Morrison have won the bid to design a new cultural quarter at the London 2012 Olympic Park.
Forming part of the so-called Olympicopolis scheme, the site will include new buildings for the V&A museum of art and design, and performing arts venue Sadler’s Wells. London College of Fashion will also relocate there.
‘Stratford Waterfront is set to become a world leading centre of culture and higher education, and I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint some serious talent to work on the designs. Their work will be key to a project that is expected to generate nearly £2bn and bring 3,000 new jobs to the Olympic Park.’ said Boris Johnson Mayor of London.
University of the Arts London, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells are partners in this exciting new development. Discussions are also underway with the Smithsonian Institution to join the scheme by opening its first permanent museum outside the United States. The 70,000sqm scheme will also feature a 75,000sqm residential development.
The two-stage competition, which was organised by the London Legacy Development Corporation and competition specialists Malcolm Reading Consultants, was launched in September 2014 with interest registered by over 125 architects, master planners, engineers and landscape designers from around the world.
The second stage of the competition saw six shortlisted teams invited to submit concept designs for the culture and university complex. The winning team was chosen by a jury chaired by Paul Finch from World Architecture Festival. The panel included representatives from each of the institutions to be housed in the scheme, plus external guests.
The winning team comprises: Allies and Morrison with, O’Donnell and Tuomey, Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, Gustafson Porter, Buro Happold, and Gardiner and Theobald.