Natural light floods the track through the ceiling panels of the Velodrome and this is one of several sustainable features that along with the elegant, functional design helped put it onto the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist in 2011. It impresses still and as you can go inside to sit in the viewing gallery you can visit, whether a cyclist or not, just to experience the architecture.
Matchbox cars were produced in the Lesney building along Eastway until it closed in the 1980’s. The legendary ‘fridge mountain’ was cleared in 2007 to make way for the Olympic Park. These signs coincided with the 2012 Games and represented not just the lost industries of Hackney Wick but also the connections of memory and place.
Nelson House dates from the early 18th century and is London’s only surviving example of a type of Georgian property built for prosperous shipyard owners. This view, from within Russia Dock Woodland, is back far enough to better reveal the parapet roof and octagonal cupola. The house is heritage to Rotherhithe’s ship-building past and was listed in 1949.