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BMW Pavilion, 2012 Summer Olympics

with Franken Architekten and Serie Architects

The BMW London 2012 Showcase Pavilion is a new temporary car showroom and exhibition venue for the duration of the 2012 Olympics, built on an elevated site above the waterworks river.

The Showcase is designed as a visitor attraction focused on the provision of information and entertainment. The ground floor will have an exhibition area with information and interactive displays focused on sustainable transportation. The first floor rooftop area will feature current BMW models and the BMWi concept cars. At any one time the Showcase can accommodate approximately 400 people.

The design, construction, operation, disassembly and legacy aspects of the project have been developed and will be delivered with sustainability as a key driver. The design is based on the installation being temporary, however we are minimising energy use by incorporating the following features in the active systems, while maintaining comfort.

The river water will be pumped to the roof to form the fountain which will pass through heat exchangers to reject heat from the inside of the space (from occupants/AV/lighting) before being delivered to the roof. The stable temperature of the river water will ensure the cooling systems operate at high efficiency. Fresh air is being drawn from beneath the Pavilion where it will be precooled using the water curtain, in order to avoid the heat gains associated with conditioning the incoming outdoor air.