Timber Tower not being built in Wembley

A Community outdoor space concept chosen over 200m tall timber tower.

RCA-Pop Down

What would have been the worlds tallest timber tower is now going to be an amphitheatre, outdoor cinema and a multi-purpose public space, called “Pop-Down Square”.

Designed by four RCA students, this winning competition entry will become a “meanwhile” space near Wembley Stadium for Brent Council.

The idea is for a new community building providing an amphitheatre, outdoor cinema and a multi-purpose public space, called “Pop-Down Square”.

Twelve design proposals, including a 200m-tall timber tower, were submitted by teams of first year RCA Architecture MA students for the competition.

Alex Hearn from Brent Council’s regeneration and major projects team said: “Pop-Down Square is such a neat response to the brief. It provides for a variety of internal and external uses, successfully improves the public realm and can cope with the rigours of major events in the Wembley area.

“It’s now up to someone to come up with an equally amazing idea on how the space could be used. All of the students worked incredibly hard on the competition and I want to thank them all for their efforts.”

The project uses land owned by Quintain and the Greater London Authority that is being made available ahead of its long-term redevelopment as part of Quintain’s regeneration around the national stadium.

It is also the first new build project by RCA architecture students under the leadership of new head of programme, Charles Walker.

He said: “The Pop-Down Square received unanimous support from the jury because it’s a controlled and expansive scheme that addresses the entire site as a resurfaced, temporary public space.”

The students will help with the construction of the site, due for completion in summer 2013, with support from industry partners Ove Arup and Metsä Wood.