Telling the story of the world's largest scale WikiHouse project to date: 21 creative studios built using open-source technology
The Gantry is the gigantic structure on the side of the Broadcast Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This space was originally built as a temporary home for machinery needed to look after the studios during the 2012 London Olympics. After the games, everything was stripped out leaving behind an exposed gridded structure that would form a part of Here East.
Posing an interesting challenge for architects and engineers, Here East teamed up with Hawkins\Brown and Architecture 00 (the people behind WikiHouse) to create something incredible: a 21st century cabinet of curiosities. Using open source WikiHouse technology twinned with parametric coding tools, the 21 creative studios were designed to represent the rich artistic heritage of Hackney Wick with cladding inspired by great stories from the area.
PYPR worked with Here East and digital agency Poke to create a robust content strategy to capture this unique story and document the construction from start to finish. Alongside Poke, PYPR established a microsite dedicated to the story and developed a content strategy: thegantry.hereeast.com.
PYPR then designed, produced, filmed, edited and released a series of photo, blog and video updates for the microsite which ran throughout the build and into completion and occupation. From progress updates to in depth interviews about the future of construction, PYPR captured every angle of the story and focused on design, community and the wider implications on society of a build like The Gantry.
Throughout this extended campaign, using only organic reach, the content generated has consistently achieved the most impressions, engagements and comments across all platforms. Here are a few highlights: