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Niall McLaughlin unveils ‘Elgin Marbles’ for 2012 Olympics

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] The AJ can exclusively reveal these images of Niall McLaughlin Architects’ soon-to-complete Athletes Village scheme in the Olympic Park, east London

The 10-storey building features a precast concrete cladding system replicating the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, wrapped around an in-situ concrete ‘chassis’ designed by Glenn Howells Architects. 

The practice created five different panels, based on scans of the Ancient Greek bas relief currently housed in the British Museum. Produced by Techcrete, these panels have been cut in five different ways, effectively creating 25 panels which have been arranged at random on the exterior of the 113-flat scheme.

The project was developed through the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) Design and Benchmarking process.

Back in 2008 the ODA chose a variety of established and up-and-coming practices to work on the 2,818 flat development which will be converted into homes after the London 2012 Games.

  • Other firms also working on the village include Denton Corker Marshall, dRMM, DSDHA, Panter Hudspith Architects, Patel Taylor and Piercy Conner Architects.
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  • Francisco Checa Romero

    That is a such of excellent architectural approach; the use of those panels does not only have highly ornamental effects but also, it reflects a clear illustration of what kind of results can be found mixing texture and form.
    Niall McLaughlin is only of those 'few' that can easily achieve something of this scale. His work has always been characterised to highly desirable levels of aesthetic, in where his self expression is presented as a clear analogy between appearance and good thoughts. One of his first projects -15 years ago, at Carmelite Monastery in Kensington reveals that from a very early commence, his potential for creating striking geometries was not merely accidental.
    No surprised of why two years after (in 1998) he was selected as the UK Young Architect of the Year.

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