London 2012 Athletes’ Village Plot N14

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands designed two of the 15 new buildings which accommodated 17,000 athletes and officials for the London 2012 Olympic Games and then, in legacy mode, create 2,818 new residential apartments. The aspiration for the village, for clients Lend Lease and now Qatari Diar Delancey, is for high-quality homes supported by essential facilities such as schools and health services – a new sustainable community in East London.

 

 

 

Client: Lend Lease

Location: London E20

Status: Completed 2012

Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands / Haworth Tompkins

Services Engineer: Lend Lease Projects

Structural Engineer: URS Corporation

Main Contractor: Lend Lease Projects

Photography: Mike O’Dwyer, Getty, ODA, James Brittain

Awards: London Planning Awards 2014 Best Place to Live, London Planning Awards 2014 Mayors Award for Planning Excellence, Civic Trust Award 2014

London 2012 Athletes’ Village Plot N14

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands designed two of the 15 new buildings which accommodated 17,000 athletes and officials for the London 2012 Olympic Games and then, in legacy mode, create 2,818 new residential apartments. The aspiration for the village, for clients Lend Lease and now Qatari Diar Delancey, is for high-quality homes supported by essential facilities such as schools and health services – a new sustainable community in East London.

The housing at plot N14 is formed by four buildings, three designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and the fourth by Haworth Tompkins. Consisting of 201 homes, the buildings enclose a triangular courtyard with landscaping that flows down to a quiet residential street on the southern perimeter and beyond the ‘Elgin Marble-d’ façade of Plot N15. The two architects developed a consistent approach defining base, middle and top of their buildings but thereafter responded to different aspect and views.

The Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands buildings to the north and west of the courtyard are bounded by a busy road, so the elevations turn towards the courtyard with living rooms and balconies facing over the green space. The base of the buildings is expressed in dark glazed brickwork and contains townhouses with individual entrances and gardens on the courtyard side. This base wraps the site and sits beneath white stuccoed façades with vertical balcony clusters, which are part clad in perforated aluminium louvres for privacy and shade, and are suspended from structures that hover above the apartments.

The Haworth Tompkins building addresses Crescent Gardens, and uses a complementary but contrasting architectural language to the rest of N14 to mark this transition. The project was completed in 2012, in time for the games, and has since been retro-fitted to form part of the new East Village development, which saw residents move in in 2014.

 

 

 

Client: Lend Lease

Location: London E20

Status: Completed 2012

Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands / Haworth Tompkins

Services Engineer: Lend Lease Projects

Structural Engineer: URS Corporation

Main Contractor: Lend Lease Projects

Photography: Mike O’Dwyer, Getty, ODA, James Brittain

Awards: London Planning Awards 2014 Best Place to Live, London Planning Awards 2014 Mayors Award for Planning Excellence, Civic Trust Award 2014