Competition winning scheme for café & kiosks, London
Cross laminated structural timber panels, VM Zinc
Studio Octopi won the Stratford Kiosks project through an open international competition organised by The Architecture Foundation on behalf of the London Borough of Newham and Design for London. The brief was for a permanent yet flexible group of kiosks in Meridian Square, Stratford, for use during and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Meridian Square is located immediately outside Stratford Rail Station and Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre, the gateway to the London Olympic Park.
Studio Octopi’s core aim was to provide a striking and playful link between the transport hubs and steps to the Westfield shopping centre. This takes the form of a covered passageway through the building described by the judges as “clever...providing unity between the bus and train station”.
The building consists of four small kiosks, Olympic information pavilion, TfL office and a café all housed under one sweeping roof. The information pavilion is located at the eastern most point and acts as a fulcrum to visitors entering the square from Stratford town centre. The building is formed from cross‐laminated structural timber panels. The external faces are then clad in black VM Zinc. Internally the timber panels are exposed.
The judges said of the design, "there is such a visual cacophony in Stratford, this design will provide a necessary respite."