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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Here East

Game-changing green

A playful example of post-Olympic East London regeneration. Here East provides an XL setting for large and small, tech giants to craftspeople, to work and experiment.


🏢Building Details

  • Retrofit of London 2012 Olympic Games media hub into 1.2m sq. ft. dynamic office space, across 3 buildings (area could fit x6 Boeing 747s)

  • Community campus for 3,700 people: innovative start-ups, scientists, artists

  • Winner of RICS Social Impact National Awards 2020 – Project of the Year

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Excellent + powered by 100% renewable electricity

  • Bio-solar roof = combination of solar panels + green roof – plants help create atmosphere for solar panels to function optimally

  • Extensive reuse of existing structure + materials

  • Energy-saving measures: connection to local district heating system + 8m digitally printed dots provide solar shading to façade

  • Set within 45 hectares of Biodiversity Action Plan habitat

🥦 Wellbeing

  • ‘The Gantry’ – 3-storey external steel frame (former air conditioning units) – now a “cabinet of curiosities for the 21st century” providing space for artist studios

  • ‘The Yard’ – facilities for outdoor cinema, markets, public events, even a retro video-game bar – strong social focus

  • Home to Global Disability Innovation Hub – driving new ways of thinking about disability innovation

🎈Bonus feature

It used WikiHouse technology: an open-source construction system and global design commons for high-performance, low-energy buildings. It means buildings can be customised, printed, and self-assembled. The mission of WikiHouse is decentralisation – empowering local communities to build the infrastructure they need.

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