View Full Version : Westfield Stratford City, East London
September 6th, 2011, 03:53 AM
Designed to be a commercial centrepiece for the London 2012 Olympic Games and its following legacy, Stratford City is a large mixed-use development anchored by a Westfield shopping centre, a Premier Inn hotel, and a mixture of offices and other amenities.
This is what was originally proposed in 2007:
As construction began in 2008, the design was largely altered, rationalising the overall design.
This is the finished product:
Courtesy to the spliff fairy for image
Courtesy to wawd for the image
Courtesy to the spliff fairy
You can continue to track the progress of this development through to its opening next week:
September 6th, 2011, 07:34 PM
The tall buildings are in Phase 2 to begin in 2013.
September 7th, 2011, 08:18 AM
September 7th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Functional, but if Media City managed to win the Carbuncle Cup this year, Stratford City gets my vote for next years prize.
September 14th, 2011, 01:56 PM
I voted 2 as they obviously scraped through with the bare minimum required for the concept of a shopping mall.
It is also as much about the potential for the site, was hoping for so much more seeing as this was brownfield land and a time to reinvent peoples general idea of East London.
Instead it has just merely reinforced it, begging bowl in hand from the local authority and developer value engineering because they didn't think it was worth the expense.
September 15th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Good grief, that is horrific! And it's the centrepiece to the games? Fucking hell, they may as well have dumped the old Birmingham Bull Ring on here.
September 15th, 2011, 03:35 PM
If you ever wanted an example of value engineering, its right here!!
September 15th, 2011, 09:59 PM
Compare this to say Liverpool 1 where they actually did something special in my eyes, this is a huge step backwards for the London and the UK. It's as if we have learnt nothing about mega malls then again this is Westfield not a UK company so I expected as much. The blame too should be vented at Newham council for allowing this to happen and bowing down to every whim Westfeild obviously imposed on them. Oh and where are the green roofs? no where! funny that.
September 16th, 2011, 02:23 PM
Westfield - doing what Arndale were doing 40 years ago :ohno:
September 17th, 2011, 12:10 AM
I like the interior, the lights and John Lewis, gets a 7 from me.
I'm not counting the Premier Inn as part of that, and also the pictures above only show the not so good part of the centre, come on, the 2nd photo is of the bus station behind it!
Here's some better photo's
Back to the center
Here are some of my (blurry) pictures:
My favourite shot of yesterday:
Yummy gyros and souvlaki! (Cheaper than the Real Greek too)
Interior of The Sting:
Steel City Suburb
September 17th, 2011, 11:14 PM
This eastern market business looks interesting.
September 24th, 2011, 08:31 PM
8/10, its hard to make a shopping mall look nice! I think they have done a good job! Westfield go a good job with their slightly up market style and choice of shops inside!
September 25th, 2011, 08:56 PM
Reminds me a tad of those Mall-rail complexes you get somewhere like Tokyo or Osaka, from the outside at least.
September 27th, 2011, 01:09 PM
I think this is the type of building that you have to see yourself to give a fair rating as its merits lie as much in the experience of being there as they do in it's architecture.. Not many malls/shopping centres look great from the exterior.
October 6th, 2011, 07:50 AM
Finally London gets an Australian Touch the original plan looked alot better. Probably nimbyism that held it back.
But some of Westfields in Sydney are like this
Westfield Sydney City Outside
Westfield Bondi Inside
Westfield Parramatta Sydney
There are so many I can post but I think you get the point. Westfield is Australia's no 1 mall they are literally scattered everywhere and they have some decent designs also but then again most of the major cities in australia create buildings that a quite funky so it doesnt really stand out as much like it would in a more historical city like london
October 8th, 2011, 10:39 AM
Carn HZZBT, you can do better than renders for Westfield Sydney!
Here are some interior and exterior shots of Westfield Sydney, for comparison's sake
Rest are my pics;
October 8th, 2011, 10:54 AM
8/10 very big
November 6th, 2011, 05:25 PM
November 7th, 2011, 03:26 AM
Quite like it to be honest, and I don't think people will really focus on the architecture come 2012 games.
Brave New World
December 7th, 2011, 01:27 PM