Tell us about the early design brief
The brief was to design a pavilion that communicated BMW’s sustainability credentials. Inspired by the pavilion’s location above the Waterworks River, our design used the river water to form a rooftop reflective pool and a water wall, which cooled the building.
What challenges did you face along the way?
We faced three significant challenges on the project. Firstly building above a river without impacting on the surrounding ecology, secondly creating the continuous water wall effect, and finally designing the curved semi-monocoque timber shells – the ‘lily pads’ – that roofed the small first-storey pavilions.
How did it feel to be involved in such an important British project?
We felt privileged to have the opportunity to work on an Olympic project – especially one with a theme about which we felt so strongly.