[LONDON] Information Pavilion

Project ///

The Olympic Games sees the biggest and most prestigious sporting event in the world being staged for the unprecedented third time in London next year, thus making London the first city in the world to host the modern summer games for a third time.

London is the largest urban zone in the European Union with a cosmopolitan population of over 7.7 million residence. The London Games is being eagerly anticipated by millions of sporting fans around the world. The Games, which officially kicks off on the 27th July 2012 will see the arrival of world’s top athletes and their team officials representing various participating nations, international dignitaries, the Games officials and not to mention millions of supporters and fans.

The aim of this International competition is to design a temporary, freestanding information pavilion within the world famous Trafalgar Square in the Heart of London during the 2012 Games. The competition hopes to achieve the following:

_Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details
and the spirit of the games.
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the games.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Information Pavilion to be built for the Games. 

Copyright notice:
The project to design a Pavilion in London to be used by visitors during the London 2012 Olympic games is only a conceptual idea. The use of any protected words, marks, symbols or representation are only for artistic/ creative guidance for this competition and necessary to indicate the intended purpose of the Pavillion.

All protected trademarks, symbols or words are owned, protected or property of the respective trademark owners such as the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games Limited (LOCOG) and London Olympics association, facebook, twitter, flickr etc.

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 15th February 2011

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 25th March to 1st May 2011

_Late Competition Registration - 2nd May to 15th June 2011

_Closing Date for Submissions  - 30th June 2011

_Jury Evaluation - 8th July - 13th July 2011

_Announcement of Winners and posting on www.ac-ca.org - 15th July 2011


Jury ///

_Matthew Lloyd – Architect (British)

_Brigitte Lodolini – Architect / Lecturer (French)

_Juan Carlos Sanchez Rodriguez – Architect (Colombian)


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,400 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

About:Blank Architecture Magazine (Portugal)

Architecture+Design magazine (India)

Surface Magazine (USA)

Metropolis Magazine (USA)

AJ the Architect's Journal (UK)

d'a Architecture Magazine (France)

• wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)


FAQ ///

What is the height of Nelson’s column?
It is approximately 50m.

On the DWG, can you please give a dimension reference?
The tread of the Main step is step 400mm.

What is the total rise between the two landings on the main set of steps?
It is Approximately 3m.

Are we allowed to remove the bollards on the site for this conceptual design?

Are there any height restrictions within the square?
There are no height restrictions.

What are the planned working hours of the pavilion? Does it need to be open 24 hours per day?
The planned opening hours are between 7am - 11pm

Is it possible to have two separate water tanks: one for the toilets and another for the bar?
Yes, you are allowed to have two separate tanks.

Is it possible to connect the toilet drains to the sewer or do they need to be emptied regularly?
Toilet will be connected to the sewerage drain system.

Can the total facility area include approximately 290 m2 or is it too much?
It has to cover an area of 250 m2 as stated in the competition brief.

Can you provide a 3D model of Trafalgar Square covering similar area and detail to that on the Cad drawing provided?
You may find a few 3D representation of buildings and Nelson's Column on Google map 3D

Do the 20 café tables all need to be within the pavilion? Can I also place some outside within the public space beyond the pavilion?
The table can be inside or outside the pavilion as part of your concept.

What is the size of the water tank and how much water does it need to hold?
100 to 200 liters water tank should be adequate as it will be refilled daily by the local council.

What Independent water-tank is for?
It will be for drinking only, as toilet will be connected to drainage.

What the cleaning is for?
It will be a cleaner cupboard and refuse. 

What the electricity system is for?
It will distribute power to the various sectors as fridge for the cafe, vending machine etc.

There are 'utility-services pits' surely in the square? 
Yes it will be used for the big screen, main lighting etc.

Are we to assure full access to mains power?

What do you mean by sign posting service?
These are various display stands where you can pick-up information leaflet, flyers, maps etc...

How large should the display screen be?
The screen should be approximately 6m x 4.5m.

Is it possible to have a two sided screen?

What is the height of each step?
We mentioned the height between the two landings (3m) you just need to divide by the number off steps to find the height of each steps.

How many people will work in the pavilion?
Total of 10 to 15 staff. (5 to 6 in the information area, 3 to 4 in the cafe, 2 to 3 in the souvenir shop, up to 2 in the offices; cleaning)

Does the square have any elevator or lift?
Yes, a private one so you cannot use it. 

Where is the sewer connection point within the square?
One in each corner of the square.

Does the 250m2 total area specified include walls (perimeter)?
No this does not include any perimeter structure.