Hackney House, London

A ‘pop-up’ media and events centre for the London Borough of
Hackney during the Olympics, creating a dramatic and dynamic
urban venue that captures the borough’s unique character.

EllisMiller worked closely with locally-based Harry Dobbs Design and PearsonLloyd to design a temporary venue for the London Borough of Hackney and UKTI to welcome visitors during the Olympics. By day it acts as a business expo and media centre, and by night it becomes a vibrant backdrop to a public performance programme from various artists including Paloma Faith, Labyrinth and Philip Glass. A range of meeting and communication spaces serves both visitors and the local community.

Despite its temporary nature, the design sought to create a venue that is simple, flexible and fun. A colourful entrance structure consisting of translucent welding curtains and steel mesh creates a playful focal point in the heart of Shoreditch. An existing historic carriageway door leads to a series of marquees and other temporary structures. The design makes use of as many low cost, reusable materials as possible, including recycled floorboards, translucent welding curtains and industrial cages.

Photos: Edward Tyler www.edtyler.com

"The architectural challenge was immense and we needed architects who understood the local cultural scene. They were intimately involved in the creative decisions about what and how to build in this challenging space. They were highly creative in both their architectural ideas and their practical suggestions for how the space could be delivered. Feedback from Government officials, international investors and local creatives was universally ecstatic. We are extremely grateful to EllisMiller for their vision, their excellent project management and being such good people to work with." Carl Welham, London Borough of Hackney (Client)

Hackney Design Awards 2012 Shortlisted

Ellis Miller Achitects Hackney House, London
Ellis Miller Achitects Hackney House, London
Ellis Miller Achitects Hackney House, London
Ellis Miller Achitects Hackney House, London