Partnering with The Architecture Foundation, we commissioned HAT Projects to design and create two bespoke shelters and a series of furniture for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The commissions were premiered on the opening weekend of the Park in July 2013 and have had a long-term life in the Park, accommodating cultural events and activities, offering visitors and local people spaces to relax and socialise as the Park began its new life.
The shelters are inspired by the engineering-led design approach that was so successful in the main Olympic Park venues. Making most of the constraints of the brief – able to be erected and dismantled by a small team and very quickly – they have an almost Meccano-like quality, playful yet functional at the same time and clearly expressing the method of their construction. The benches use three forms to create a variety of configurations, from a more formal seating arrangement through to play structures that invite children to colonise them for their own games and role-play.
The shelters made their debut appearance at the Open East Festival in July 2013 where they played host to a wide variety of musicians, poets and visitors.Emerging East was sponsored by London Legacy Development Corporation as well as Legacy Trust UK and was delivered in partnership with The Architecture Foundation.