Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
critics: Marcos CRUZ, Marjan COLLETTI, & Hannes MEYER
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jeffrey LEE: The proposed design is located within Lea Valley in the district of Stratford, London, UK. Stratford was the host district for London’s 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The “Post-Olympic Park” concentrates on two key properties of the existing Olympic Village: the flow of the Lea river and the green space in-between the London Olympic site.
These two elements carry out an integral dialogue for this project; which in turn create a relationship between infrastructure and density. The urban transformation and development are delivered along the main axis of the river. This new setting introduces total fluidity to the urban fabric of the London Olympic Village. This system will break down the rigidity of the city’s grid and will introduce “softness” and “sensuality” to the built environment.
The project is divided into a logical hierarchy of space. This division will integrate commercial, residential, entertainment, and outdoor recreation facilities. A highly articulated green space has been placed along the Lea River which spans the entire site. The proposal was then analysed to integrate different typologies: mid-rise, courtyards, water plaza, parks etc. This urban approach created a series of void spaces, inspired by the Golden Ratio, that transcend form in strategic locations throughout the site. This new city plan will create much needed arteries and an ease of motion throughout the urban fabric of Lea Valley.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JL: Fibonacci tiling in relation to the Golden Ratio, Iris Van Herpen, Steven Ma and Hernan Diaz Alonso.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JL: Reading SEEDS: time capsules of life, The Architecture of Variation, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, and so on.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JL: ZHA, Herzog & de Meuron, Oyler Wu, Alvin Huang, marcosandmarjan, Co.De., and Jose Sanchez.