Pavilion of recycled athletic shoes takes 3rd Place
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- Pavilion of recycled athletic shoes takes 3rd Place
Though a team of architects from Portugal with a design based on the five Olympic rings won first prize in the London 2012 Olympic Games Information Pavilion Competition, the 3rd place entry is unquestionably worthy of note. Conceived by a team of architects from the United States, this pavilion takes the shape of a folded athletic track made of recycled Nike “Grind” running shoes.
The sustainable design is based on an environmental analysis of the site, London’s Trafalgar Square. The track would run from in front of the National Gallery at one side of the square, cross a staircase and lead to a lookout area. At the middle of the track, another segment slopes down allowing visitors to access a screen showing the events live.
The fold provides protection for the entry way, café, souvenir shop and information stand as well as other facilities. Its orientation allows an abundance of natural light to penetrate the interior, reducing the need for artificial illumination and electricity. Cross ventilation and the presence of adjacent fountains naturally cool the structure.