Here East, The Gantry

The Gantry is a 21st century cabinet of curiosities made up of 21 individual creative studios set within a gigantic gridded structure on the side of The Broadcast Centre at Here East. Built using open-source technology, each studio is machine milled and arrives in a flatpack. On site, they are slotted together like a massive jigsaw before being lifted into place.

About this project

The Gantry is the gigantic structure on the side of the Broadcast Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This space was originally built as a temporary home for machinery needed to look after the studios during the 2012 London Olympics.

After the games, everything was stripped out leaving behind an exposed gridded structure that would form a part of Here East, London's home for making. Posing an interesting challenge for architects and engineers, Here East teamed up with Hawkins\Brown and Architecture 00 (the people behind WikiHouse) to create something incredible: a 21st century cabinet of curiosities.  

Drawing on the rich artistic heritage of Hackney Wick, The Gantry is made up of 21 individual artist studios which will sit across two levels. Each studio tells a story with cladding inspired by everything from Lesney Matchbox Toys to Fridge Mountain. 

This is the first build of its kind at this scale, using open source WikiHouse technology twinned with parametric coding tools, the 23 pods will be machine milled, moved to The Gantry and then slotted together like a massive jigsaw puzzle before being lifted into position. 

There are many companies and individuals who have come together to make The Gantry possible, here are some of the key players

Architecture 00: a practice who deliver a broad range of activities relating to the shaping of our built environment. 

Delancey:  a specialist real estate investment, development and advisory company.

Hawkins\Brown: an internationally-renowned award winning architectural practice. 

Here East: A place to innovate and collaborate on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Leisure Technique:  design and manufacturing company. 

London Legacy Development Corporation: responsible for delivering the long-term planning, development, management and maintenance of the Park.

Momentum Engineering: a creative, award-winning civil and structural engineering practice.

Paragon: specialists in the Design, Fit-out and Refurbishment of commercial interiors. 

WikiHouse:  an open source project to reinvent the way we make homes. 

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