London studio Haptic has re-clad a utilitarian multi-storey car park in the London 2012 Olympic Park, using triangular metal panels that produce ever-changing patterns of light and shadow.
The car park formed part of the infrastructure for the Olympic Games, which were hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London in 2012, at venues including Zaha Hadid's curvaceous aquatics centre and the timber-clad velodrome by Hopkins Architects.
Following the games, the London Legacy Development Corporation organised a design competition to find a way to improve the visual relationship between the utilitarian car park and its new neighbours. London-based Haptic was the winner.
The Lea Navigation Canal runs close to the car park, and the angled forms and slightly reflective properties of the new cladding were developed to create a dialogue with the shimmering reflections on the water.
Project directors: Scott Grady and Timo Haedrich
Project team: Yin Hui Chung, Nathalie Devoghelaere, Brook Lin, Anthony Williams, Mira Wolden, Christopher Wong and Sandra Youkhana
Structural engineers: Eckersley O'Callaghan
Graphic design: Bob Design
Quantity surveyors: Stockdale
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