Part of the client’s major masterplan for London’s new ‘International Quarter’ on the Olympic site in East London, this pavilion building will be the development’s main public hub. It comprises a café, retail units, pop-up food and drink units and a public roof garden.


Lightweight, simple, inherently flexible and clad in a unique ‘wrap’, our design for the Pavilion rise above the public realm, allowing foot traffic to flow underneath. Orientated to respect pedestrian desire lines, the building will naturally draw people in, encouraging them to explore, meet, dwell and enjoy.


The facade is multi-functional. It will serve as a permeable threshold into the space, provide solar shading, and facilitate natural ventilation, helping the structure to meet its BREEAM Outstanding sustainability target. The wrap also changes its relationship with the building as the sun arcs across the sky, creating different shaded external spaces depending on the time of day.
The simple timber-frame with glazed infill façade is animated by the ever-changing light. A central external stair will allow public access to the rooftop garden, affording views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Project credits


  • Project Director: Steve Jones
  • Project Director: Lee Marsden
  • Associate: Michael Henriksen
  • Project Architect: Tom Lea
  • Architectural Assistant: Anna Rubin
  • Architectural Assistant: Arseni Timofjev
  • Architectural Assistant: Mohammed Awadalla
  • Architectural Assistant: Catherine Blaney
  • Visualiser: David Deroo


  • Structural: Heyne Tillett Steel Structural Engineers
  • M&E: Atelier Ten
  • Project Manager: Lend Lease
  • Fire: The Fire Surgery
  • Landscape: Gustafson Porter
  • Masterplan: BuroHappold

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