Excel Phase 2
Excel is a successful exhibition centre in London's docklands. The original building was opened in 2001, having been designed by Moxley Architects. The concept is simple: A wide pedestrian street, with entrances for the public at either end, runs through the centre of the footprint with the exhibition spaces located on either side, all sitting on a huge parking lot. Grimshaw's phase 2 is more of the same, increasing the floorspace by roughly 50%, but executed with the architect's typical "high-tech" panache.