A question of scale
This outcrop of housing reads as an alien chunk airlifted in from a Spanish suburb
OLYMPIC VILLAGE SITE PLAN
1. Denton Corker Marshall Building N1
Residential unit: 288; Retail space: 450sq m facing public realm
2. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Building N2
Residential units: 298; Retail space: 250sq m
3. Patel Taylor Building N3
Residential units: 297; Retail space: 585sq m
4. Patel Taylor Building N4
Residential units: 290; Retail space: 585sq m
5. Glenn Howells (west block), Panter Hudspith (east block) Building N7
Residential units: 318
6. DSDHA Building N9
Residential units: 120; Retail space: 478sq m
7. Eric Parry Architects Building N10
Residential units: 28; Retail space: 450sq m; Office space: 440sq m
8. Penoyre & Prasad Building N11, Polyclinic multi-purpose health facility
Community facilities: 1500sq m; Health facility: 3200sq m
9. AHMM Building N12 — Chobham Academy
Scheduled to open in September 2013, the 1,800-student academy will specialise in sports, performing arts, literacy and languages.
10. CF Møller Architects Building N13
Residential units: 185
11. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (north block), Haworth Tompkins (east block) Building N14
Residential units: 201
12. Glenn Howells(west block), Niall McLaughlin (north block), Piercy Conner (east block) Building N15
Residential units: 298; Retail space: 6 ground-floor units
13. DRMM Building N26
Residential units: 242; Retail space: 400sq m
A threat or a challenge?
In comparison to the plastic-clad towers along Stratford High Street, the village blocks are of exceptional quality, built with durability and generosity
Sobriety versus display
A legacy rooted in local heritage
In contrast to the high-density perimeter blocks of the Athletes’ Village, these forthcoming districts favour a lower-rise grain, drawing inspiration from London’s heritage of terraced housing and mews streets, with a strong emphasis on family housing, which makes up 40% of proposed units.
This will be the first neigh-bourhood developed after the games. Now in for outline planning, Chobham Manor will contain family homes, with wide, tree-lined avenues intersecting narrower mews streets and green squares. The area continues the grid of the Athletes’ Village, preserving viewing corridors to the Velodrome.
Extending the “creative vitality” of Hackney Wick, East Wick will be a new hub of businesses, shops and community facilities.
Sited to the north-west of the main stadium, Sweetwater — named after the former sweet factory on the site — will be a low- to mid-rise family neighbourhood of terraced housing and apartments. Framed by two waterways, it will also host a primary care centre, nursery, primary school and an Idea Store.
Cowering beneath the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Marshgate Wharf is the most atypical of the neighbourhoods, continuing the high-density perimeter block typology of the Athletes’ Village to form a “metropolitan gateway” to the park. A large proportion of the ground floors will be given over to waterside shops, restaurants and cafés, catering to the area’s role as a visitor destination.
Sited at the confluence of rivers and canals to the south of the park, Pudding Mill has an industrial character and is made up of irregular parcels of land framed by rail lines, viaducts and underpasses. Development will provide a range of unit types, balancing the demands of the residential population with those of its creative and industrial uses.