Hub 67 is a community centre that is designed for three to five years use and is constructed with recycled material from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The building’s façade and the chandelier in the main space are designed and built with the local community. This local participation at the heart of the project has given the community a sense of ownership and has helped to embed the new building into the area. Designing the façade with community has ensured that the building is sympathetic but also enriches the area.
The project maximises and embraces the reuse of material to produce a high quality is constructed using metal frame cabins used in the Games fixed together with a new external thermal lining and facade. Meeting building regulations and limiting the use of new materials and the deconstruction of existing structures in the creation of the new building required an innovative approach not only to the design and the construction but also to the specification and tender documentation.
The project won the Blueprint award for sustainable architecture, was shortlisted for the New London Awards 2015 in the category ‘The Temporary’, and was commended for the Mayor’s Prize.
‘LYN Atelier architects skilfully balanced the challenging technical requirements of working with re-used materials, tight time scales for delivery and genuine community engagement whilst maintaining exemplary design quality.’
Hannah Lambert, Design and Physical Regeneration, LLDC
Workshops were organised with Gainsborough Primary School in Hackney Wick, with two year 6 classes. After organised walks around Hackney Wick and past the Hub 67, pupils were asked to draw the buildings or objects which defined the area.
These drawings were scanned and the shapes laser cut in coloured acrylic which were used to create the chandelier in the main space.