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Make’s Olympic Park visitor centre opens to the public

Following the re-opening of the London 2012 site, Make’s new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park visitor centre welcomed its first visitors at the weekend

The building on the former Olympic site, which stands between Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre and Populous’ stadium, provides ticketing facilities for the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

As well as the visitor centre, the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building contains retail space, a flexible events space, a roof terrace that provides panoramic views over the park and an interactive ‘pixel wall’ art installation.

The project also includes four kiosks of different sizes, installed at intervals within the landscaped gardens of the South Park that have been designed by James Corner Field Operations, the New York-based landscape architects known for their work on the High Line in Manhattan.

Speaking about the new building, Selina Mason, former director of Design Integration for London Legacy Development Corporation, said: ‘Make understood what kind of building we needed in this location – a simple building, designed around its function within a park, but also a building that has a strong presence in its own right, capable of sitting comfortably alongside the Orbit and the Aquatics Centre across the river.’

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Architect’s view

Stuart Fraser, partner, Make

‘The construction of The Podium is one of the anchors for the regeneration of the South Park site. Make successfully delivered the Copper Box for the Games and we are delighted to see our first legacy building completed, which we hope will become a key destination for visitors to the park.

‘The low-lying rectilinear, pavilion-like structure appears simple, calm and considered, and works with the landscape as part of a wider masterplan. It’s been designed to offer a strong visual connection with the surroundings.’

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