Four years after that momentous summer, our Olympic Park walk will focus on the sustainable legacy of the park's buildings, public space and transport links.
During our walk we will explore numerous pedestrian-priority interventions and public spaces which help build connections between the existing and new communities of this increasingly changing area. Starting with the Olympic Stadium by HOK and its neighbouring Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, we discover the site of Olympicopolis - a multicultural and academic cultural centre in the east.
Tracing the meanders of the River Lea tributaries that criss-cross the park, we see Hackney's thriving Copper Box by Make Architects and Populous and the transformed 2012 press and media hubs now Here East by Hawkins/Brown Architects. Hopkins Architects’ RIBA award-wining Velodrome presides over a two-wheeler zone, while over-the-bridge the bright blue Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centres by Stanton Williams Architects define the QEOP's north boundary. Finally, our walk will discover the multi-architect designed Athletes Village complex which now thrives as East Village - also home to vital local community amenities like Chobham Academy by AHMM and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health Centre by Penoyre & Prasad Architects.
This walk starts at Stratford Station, Westfield exit ticket machines.
London Festival of Architecture
To celebrate the London Festival of Architecture, NLA has commissioned a special series of New London Walking Tours, happening every Saturday for the month of June. Our walks will explore interventions being implemented across the capital to enhance, enrich and encourage interaction, engagement and community growth in areas of huge development. As well as tracking the wider development of these areas, our walks will visit a number of carefully designed schemes where outdoor public space is given extra attention to create attractive and comfortable places for communities to grow.
London Festival of Architecture runs from 1–30 June. www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org