Wooden art pods land at North Greenwich

By Rob Virtue on September 18, 2012 10:34 AM |

Greenwich Peninsula is fast becoming known for its architecture with a host of structures now surrounding The O2 centrepiece.

Rather than being a transport hub or offices, however, the latest is a work of an innovative work of art and exhibition space designed by Chinese-born Chun Qing Li.

KREOD, unveiled on Tuesday morning, is three 20sqm pods made up of interlocking hexagons.

The architect said Greenwich Peninsula was the perfect site for it.


"There are some very iconic buildings in this area," said Li. "There's the Tube station, the Richard Rogers' design formerly known as the Millennium Dome, the new Ravensbourne College, the Terry Farrell designed building next to us, and of course the Wilkinson Eye-designed Cable Car.

"This area is very architecturally ambitious."

The structure is made of the Norwegian wood Kebony and took two years in design, funding and build.

The hexagons are supported by triangles and form a curve.

Li said: "This kind of reciprocal detail has never been done before. A hexagon on its own would collapse so we introduced the triangles."

The piece was designed with sustainability in mind.

The three pods can be arranged to be interlocking or stand alone.

KREOD was funded by Norwegian cleantech firm Kebony AS.