Primary Substation

"Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins."
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1959

Inspired by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic 20th century cathedrals of power at Bankside and Battersea, the Primary Substation shares an aspiration towards a dignified and civic architectural expression.

In these buildings perhaps the most elemental construction component - the imperial brick - is used over and over on a vast scale to make architecture that speaks of both power and utility. Through relentless repetition the structures acquire a place in the civic make-up of the city, not through expressive language but through sheer physical presence and hand-built endeavor.

Brick is utilised exclusively in the construction of the Primary Substation at Kings Yard. The arrangement and composition of the material creates a building of weight and presence establishing a strong sense of permanence.

Carefully modulated proportions establish a strong sculptural presence while making a clear, legible form and memorable building image. The substation functions as a powerfully silent landmark within the public setting of the Olympic Park.

Primary Substation