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Architect Thomas Heatherwick of London-based Heatherwick Studio has been commissioned to redevelop the Olympia London events center in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, together with local architecture studio, SPPARC. Heatherwick’s redevelopment of the 14.5-acre site will include a hotel, theater, museums, workspace, restaurants, and entertainment venues within the existing Victorian exhibition hall.

The 130-year-old, mixed-use space was originally designed in 1886, by English architect Henry Edward Coe, as the National Agricultural Hall. Today the main building is recognized by its arched roof and giant, iron-domed window.

The $475-million redevelopment of the site aims to reestablish the center as a cultural hub of London, and increase the number of events the venue hosts each year.

"My studio's passion is improving the public experience of cities for everyone,” said Thomas Heatherwick in an Olympia London press release. “During this first phase we are beginning to talk to people, particularly local residents and visitors, to learn more about Olympia London and are looking forward to working on the project."

Courtesy Yoo Capital
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