Designers shortlisted to convert Olympic Park into cultural quarter

Asif Khan, Eley Kishimoto, Ab Rogers and Thomas Matthews are among designers shortlisted to work on the huge “Olympicopolis” cultural and education quarter on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

Olympic Park

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The plan for the former London 2012 Olympic Park will see The Victoria & Albert Museum, University of the Arts London, the Smithsonian and Sadler’s Wells all open new outposts at the site.

In addition, University College London will open its first School of Design as part of the project.

Six teams of architects and designers have now been shortlisted for the project.

They are:

  • AECOM with Stanton Williams, Alison Brooks Architects, AKT II, Asif Khan, Carmody Groarke, Charcoalblue, Haworth Tompkins and Vogt Landscape Architects
  • Ramboll UK with Rick Mather, RCR, Jun’ya Ishigami, So-il, Max Fordham, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Steer Davies Gleave, Gardiner and Theobald, Savills, Britain Thinks, Eley Kishimoto, Ab Rogers, Charcoalblue, Speirs + Major and Gross.max
  • Allies and Morrison with Buro Happold, O’Donnell and Tuomey, Gardiner and Theobald, Gustafson Porter and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia
  • David Chipperfield Architects with Arup, Robbrecht en Daem, Harry Gugger Studio, Vogt Landscape Architects, Publica Associates, Alinea consulting
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Atelier Ten, Grant Associates, Expedition, Charcoalblue, Gardiner & Theobald, 5th Studio, Coffey Architects, David Kohn, DRDH Architects, Hoidn Wang Partner and Thomas Matthews
  • Baumschlager Eberle with 6a Architects, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Latz+Partner, Buro Happold, Momentum Consulting Engineers, Charcoalblue, Gardiner & Theobald, Polly Staple and Chisenhale Gallery

The shortlisted teams were chosen from 43 international applications. They will now work up initial concept designs, which will be submitted by Easter 2015. The winning team will then be announced in late spring of that year.

V&A director Martin Roth says: “What makes this shortlist so exciting is the diversity of design disciplines represented, with established architects working in collaboration with new and emerging practitioners.

“We are confident that this short list of national and international designers and architects will ensure a wonderful new building for London.”

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