A number of star architects studios have joined forces to present their vision of Stratford’s Olympicopolis buildings which will house cultural powerhouses.
The London Legacy Development Corporation have announced the winners of the competition to design the Olympic Park’s blue-chip quarter.
Multi-award-winning practice Allies and Morrison along with O’Donnell & Tuomey and other renowned studios won the Stratford Waterfront international competition.
Chairman of the jury Paul Finch said: “This is a unique project for London. The combination of the architects who played a significant part in master-planning the Olympic Park, and this year’s RIBA Gold Medallists, is a powerful one.
“The multi-headed nature of the client presents a creative challenge to which this team is more than capable of rising.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Stratford Waterfront is set to become a world leading centre of culture and higher education, and I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint some serious talent to work on the designs.
“Their work will be key to a project that is expected to generate nearly £2billion and bring 3,000 new jobs to the Olympic Park.”
University of the Arts London, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells are partners in this new development.
Discussions are also underway with the Smithsonian Institution to join the scheme by opening a ground-breaking first permanent museum outside the United States.
Together they aim to offer programmes in the performing arts, fashion, visual arts, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.
Allies and Morrison operates from studios at 85 Southwark Street, the RIBA London Building of the Year 2004.
Bob Allies, of Allies and Morrison, said: “Having been involved in the design of the Olympic Park from the submission of the initial bid to the completion of the legacy masterplan, we are very excited to have been selected to bring forward this final component.”
Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey said: “Cultural and educational buildings and the public realm have been the purpose of our practice for more than 25 years.
“It feels like all our work has been leading towards this extraordinary commission.”
The idea for Olympicopolis was unveiled in 2013 drawing inspiration from Prince Albert’s “Albertopolis” which created a cultural hub around South Kensington after the 1851 Great Exhibition.