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International contest opens for east London ‘Olympicopolis’

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The mayor of London has launched a major design competition for a new £400 million educational and cultural quarter on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The two-stage, international contest – organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants – seeks proposals for a new campus on the former London 2012 site showcasing ‘exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.’

Inspired by the 34 hectare Albertopolis around Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the new district aims to reproduce the best of the capital’s culture on the Stratford waterfront site.

The venue opposite the South Plaza will house new outposts for Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and University of the Arts London.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘Olympicopolis is an extraordinarily exciting new development for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which will bring new jobs and growth to the area.’

More than 960 international design firms have already registered their interest in the contest which has a judging panel chaired by World Architecture Festival programme directorPaul Finch.

Other judges include Victoria & Albert Museum director of design Moira Gemmill, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects principal Louisa Hutton and Pritzker Architecture Prize executive director Martha Thorne.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: ‘The level of interest from across the globe promises to deliver entries of the very highest quality in keeping with the Park’s award-winning venues.’

Five finalists will be invited to proceed to the competition’s second stage and a winning team is expected to be announced in March.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 17 October.  





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  • Too big to be good. Small is beautiful.
    960 firms working for free!
    We, architects, are stupid.

    Eugenio Aguinaga COAM

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