East Village, 2012

a limestone clad mansion block providing 45 homes at the edge of the Olympic Park

Haworth Tompkins were commissioned to design a new residential building in the heart of the Athletes Village to provide accommodation during the London 2012 Summer Games. Since the games the area has been transformed into East Village, a new community of 6000 people on the edge of the Olympic Park. The nine-storey scheme was designed to easily convert from athlete accommodation into 45 homes and consists of three-storey townhouses at the lower levels with apartments on the floors above.

Through the use of continuous white precast concrete string courses, the building is expressed as an object in the round, with the façade made from two types of limestone panelling, framing full height windows. The repetition of a regular rhythm of glazed and solid infill panels to the middle floor levels, enlivened by the regular distribution of balconies, gives expression to the apartments. At the base wide stone piers frame timber clad townhouses which help to animate the street level.

The building sits within an urban block made up of four apartment buildings which enclose a raised triangular courtyard with landscaping that flows down to a quiet residential street on the southern perimeter. The Haworth Tompkins building addresses Mirabelle Gardens to the east, and apartments on the upper floors have large expressed balconies with excellent views over the gardens or the landscaped courtyard to the west.


Lend Lease

Main Contractor

Lend Lease

Structural Engineer


Services Engineer

Lend Lease/RN Murphy

Landscape Architect

Macfarlane Wilder

picture credits

Mike O'Dwyer, Matt watts

Behind the scenes