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Open East

HAT Projects won a competition to create new demountable shelters and seating for the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in July 2013. Debuting at the Open East Festival, they have also been used for subsequent Park events including the Paralympics Festival.

Inspired by the lean and engineering-led architecture of the Olympic venues, we created structures that responded to a challenging brief - assembly with a small crew and no working at height, and capable of being mounted on both hard and soft surfaces. Primarily made from CNC-cut timber, light-weight aluminium trusses and stretched fabric, they were complemented by a colourful set of benches that can be arranged as play structures or audience seating.