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Monday28 July 2014

First Look: Empire Way public lavatories, Wembley by Gort Scott Architects

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Gort Scott Architects has won a competition for a new public-lavatory pavilion on Empire Way in Wembley, designed to sit on a pedestrianised area outside Wembley Stadium in the London Borough of Brent.

The building’s design is intended to be delightful and uplifting, while sufficiently robust and able to respond to large crowds and stadium visitors. Standing more than 5m tall, it commands a presence at the high point of the surrounding topography. Each of the building’s sides is subtly differentiated in response to the specific contexts, whether a busy road or public space.

The building has a compact plan, based on a simple geometry derived from a square, which suggests movement and rotation. The twisted form expands as it rises to contain a large, inverted rainwater-collection tank, forming a large roof area for photovoltaic panels while retaining a minimal footprint.

The base of the building will be constructed from in-situ tinted concrete, forming a robust plinth to withstand to the anticipated knocks and scrapes of heavy use. Above head-height the structure becomes a filigree, shiny metal screen, allowing for plentiful light and ventilation without letting views in. The perforated water-cut screen further creates the effect of a glowing lantern during the evening.

The interior walls will be tinted concrete with areas of tiling up to a height of 2m. Above this, a slender structural steel frame supports the perforated screen.

The £200,000 project is scheduled for completion in February 2013.

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  • Gold tiling GAIN!!!!!!!!! Oy Vey!!!!!! Taking the pis : literally and metaphorically ?

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  • So that”s AGAIN and piss!!! Enough said really???

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  • Piers Frowde

    How do I nominate it for the Carbuncle?

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  • It really doesn't matter what a public toilet looks like, it only matters how often it is cleaned.

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  • buildings should reflect and give an idea of what is their function

    no one can tell that this design is for a public lavatory

    with this repeated ornament, very fancy form people can mistaken the building

    plus i wonder how did they solve the lighting, ventilation there

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