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The Gantry at Here East

A new creative community

The vast steel structure behind the Olympic Park’s former broadcast centre has been joyfully repurposed as a quirky ensemble of 21 affordable, Wiki-House studios, enabling local creatives to thrive.

We were inspired by historic Cabinets of Curiosity, which collected seemingly unrelated artefacts that defied categorisation to create a 21st century version referencing the rich creative heritage of the local area around Here East.

We saw potential in the structure’s ultra-rational grid, to insert objects onto its enormous decks – 21 individual artists studios, in a chequer board pattern, plugged into walkways running down its central spine.

Portrait of a tenant at Here East Gantry
Portrait of a tenant at Here East Gantry
Portrait of tenant at Here East Gantry
The Trampery on the Gantry demonstrates how innovative architectural techniques can bring this unique space to life.

Wiki-House is an open-source design and construction toolkit, which uses a standardised kit of parts but enables a high degree of customisation in size, shape, openings, cladding and plug + play equipment. We worked with Wiki-House to adapt the system and create bespoke studios that reflect the makers, moments, inventions, and irregularities that shaped the local area.

The Future of Construction with The Gantry

Project details

Project name: The Gantry at Here East

Location: London, UK

Service: Digital design, Design for Manufacture & Assembly

Value: < £20M

Scope: Architecture

Clients: Here East, Delancey, The Trampery

Status: Complete

Completion date: 2018

Collaboration architect: Architecture 00

Research partners: Wikihouse

Structural engineer: Momentum, Buro Happold

Fabricator: Leisure Technique

M&E engineer: Cundall

Project manager: Colliers International

Quantity surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald


RICS Social Impact Awards 2020
Project of the year - Winner

RIBA London Awards 2019
Regional Award - Winner

BCO National Awards 2018
Refurbished / Recycled Workplace - Winner

AJ Retrofit Awards 2018
Offices (over 10k sqm) - Winner

If you want to know more about our workplace work, contact Nick Gaskell