Design at the Olympics
Some celebrate the greatness of sports, we’re more interested in the architectural and design issues revolving around the London wp-content/2012 Olympic Games. Congratulations to many of our members for supplying materials and ideas to make this the most memorable British Olympics.
Here are our top two favourites – one is dubbed ‘the most sustainable Olympic stadium ever’, and the other pushed the boundaries of design and has a specific post-games plan:
1. The Aquatics Centre
Designed by famous international architect Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Centre has a seating capacity of 17,500 people, for an overall size of 38,875 m2. The amazing wave-roof & modern shape of the venue makes the Aquatic centre one of the most popular location of the wp-content/2012 Olympic Games.
The venue was built between 2008 and July 2011: work began on the inside of the venue once the roof was in position. The three pools were dug out, lined, filled with water and tested, before they were fitted with more than 180,000 tiles.
After the Games, the Aquatics Centre will be transformed into a facility for the local community, clubs and schools. All the pools have moveable booms and floors to create different depths and pool sizes, so it can be used by swimmers of all abilities and experience.
2. The Olympic stadium shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize
Revealed on the 22nd of July, the shortlist for the wp-content/2012 RIBA Stirling Prize (best-building by a British-registered architect) includes the Olympic stadium, designed by Populous (HOK Sports).
The most sustainable stadium of an Olympic Game comprises of 80,000 seats, is designed to be flexible and accommodated to different type of events. Completed 3 months ahead the opening ceremony, Populous declared“ “The construction of the world’s most environmentally friendly Olympic Stadium has taken just over 1,000 days, in the world of major construction it could be considered a sprint, its completion marks the beginning of the end of the construction phase of London’s Olympic Games. We can now all look forward to just under 500 days of the final preparation to when the world will see this innovative design perform for the first time.”