Olympic Energy Centre

Olympic Energy Centre - exterior


Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Client: Cofely East London Energy
Photographer: Hufton + Crow

The importance of this facility for the Games and the Legacy is not to be underestimated: the design had to create a new model for power generation, a sustainable, cleaner and more efficient system that provides electricity, heating and cooling to the new evolving community which surrounds it.

A Corten expanded metal mesh covers a black synthetic rubber skin which provides the waterproof layer to the façade; at roof level this mesh continues over the gable ends of the building. The 45m flue is clad in both solid and perforated Corten steel sheet with tight joints between panels reinforcing the sculptural qualities of this element. A delightful Corten clad external staircase completes the ensemble.

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