Architect: Studio Weave

Fabricator: ab3 Workshops

Client: Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects


This timber structure is positioned at the start of High Street 2012 and marks the direct route from the City of London to the Olympic Park during the Games.


Named Paleys Upon Pilers, or Palace On Pillars, the structure was inspired by the dream-like temples described in two poems by Geoffrey Chaucer who lived in the historic Aldgate from 1374-1386.


Whilst the jettied frame is seemingly traditional in its form, the lack of lower story bracing and the absence of a primary / secondary beam hierachy necessitated more contemporary detailing.


The gate is constructed in sustainable British Larch donated by BSW Timber.