Olympic Substation: Perfect brick façade

Scottish architectural firm Nord is the winner at “Wiener­berger Brick Award 2012” in the category “Non-­Residential Building” with a primary electrical substation for the 2012 Olympic Games, built at the Olympic Park in London‘s East End. The architect‘s approach was a pure geometric solution interpreted with a rich brick texture made of coal-black bricks. There is a contrast in the design of the brick façade between the solid mass of the plinth and the ‘looser‘ brickwork of the upper section. “The jury considers this a very successful project due to its very clear idea and perfect execution of the brick façade”, says jury member Zhang Lei. Architect Alan Pert: “The monolithic simplicity deliberately distinguishes itself from the spectacular form-play that characterizes the sports facilities.”
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