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In pictures: Architecture schools' Olympic installations revealed

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A series of installations for the London 2012 Olympics designed by architecture schools in the capital have been revealed

The nine proposals are part of a £32 million Greater London Authority (GLA)-backed programme to spruce up London streets for the games.

The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Westminster, London Metropolitan University and Central St Martins were chosen for the projects following a call for ‘temporary architectural installations’ from the mayor’s office.

The Bartlett is designing four of the structures including a ‘universal tea machine’ pavilion and a gazebo containing bio-fuel producing algae.

Westminster which has been assigned three structures has designed a series of interactive carousels focusing on London’s streetscapes and a coffee bar containing the capital’s architectural crown jewels.

Cental St Martins has meanwhile devised an interactive wall display which allows commuters at King’s Cross railway station to create their own melodies.

The GLA’s £32 million ‘Look and Celebrations’ programme will see £9.5 million spent on decorating parts of London with bunting and flags and creating new walking routes.


The full list of architecture school-designed pavilions


Central St Martins

  • Songboard: A musical note-producing wall installation at King’s Cross railway station


The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

  • Alga(e)zebo: A canopy containing bio-fuel producing algae
  • Tr(ee)logy: Tree-like metal installations incorporating information about London’s heritage
  • Universal Tea Machine: a pavilion-scale computer which allows visitors make their perfect cup of tea
  • Bloom: A collective gardening activity which creates bloom formations


Westminster University

  • London Dresser: A coffee bar with cabinets containing London’s architectural crown jewels
  • Streetscape Carousels: Cylindrical pavilions showcasing streetscape panoramas
  • Aurora: Pavilion inspired by a plastic Hula Hoop

London Metropolitan University

  • Conversation pieces: Wooden installations deployed during rush hours to provoke interaction by the public


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