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London 2012 Olympics — existing architecture

Location London, United Kingdom Year 2012 Owner Olympic Delivery Authority Architect Zaha Hadid Architects Size 21,897 m2 and 15,950 m2

The London Aquatics Centre, is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects before London won the bid for 2012 Summer Olympics, where it was one of the main venues.07

Photos: The London Aquatics Centre during the Olympics and in Legacy mode. After the Games, the frame wings on either side of the central space were removed, unbolted, and sold. The PVC wrap that temporarily enclosed the space was also sold, while the seats and toilets were reused elsewhere. As certain parts of the building were no longer needed, they were recycled. All photos © Hufton + Crow

The temporary structure was designed and constructed with disassembly in mind. This provides for an easy and light construction that quickly could be erected and dismantled after the games. The ’Olympic mode’ was 21,897 m2 and allowed for 17,500 seats and the ’legacy mode’ of the building reduces the size from to 15,950 m2 and a capacity of 2,500 seats.08

07 zaha-hadid.com 08 londonaquaticscentre.org

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The temporary add-ons was only possible because of a very flexible design of the permanent structure. The roof is only supported in two places, which provides for a completely open space with no columns.

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Because the centre was designed before the Olympic bid was completed, the spectator wings were not part of the original design. They were later added as a temporary structure to fit the larger audience and accommodate the London Games whilst also providing the optimum capacity for use in legacy mode beyond the event.

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