First pictures: Coca Cola and BMW Olympic pavilions revealed
The AJ can exclusively reveal the first images of Serie Architects and Pernilla and Asif’s Olympic sponsors’ pavilions
Located on east London’s Waterworks River, the Serie Architects-designed BMW pavilion features a large deck with cascading water which hides its supporting structure.
Visitors enter the pavilion via the lower deck which houses a collection of exhibits.
On the roof, ten mini pavilions connected by bridges showcase different BMW cars.
The podiums feature lily pad-inspired canopies supported by steel columns.
Following the Olympic Games the rooftop structures will be distributed for use in green spaces around London.
The Coca Cola ‘Beatbox’, designed by Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt, features a steel frame with a timber interior and aluminium cladding.
Arranged around the exterior of the pavilion are 229 ETFE cushions. Forty of these cushions are interactive and allow visitors to play a specially-commissioned piece of music coordinated by Mark Ronson which includes the sounds of athletes’ training sessions.
Visitors move around the pavilion via a ramp which runs along the outside which leads to a viewing platform on the roof of the pavilion.
The route then takes spectators down to ground level via an internal ramp which leads to a light installation, then to a bar where Coca-Cola is served at 3o – thought to be the drink’s perfect temperature in the UK.
Khan and Ohrstedt won an Architecture Foundation-run competition for the Coca-Cola pavilion last year.
Both pavilions were designed with engineers AKT II.