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    London Aquatics Centre

    Aerial Shot of the Aquatics Centre

    Aerial View of the London Aquatics Centre

    Last year we looked at the environmental impact of the London 2012 Olympics in this blog and this blog, in regards to the concrete usage. Here we take a look at the concrete design aspects, focusing on the design for the Aquatics Centre.

    The building was designed by Zaha Hadid who, like Oscar Niemeyer is a previous Pritzker Architecture Prize winner. As you can see from the above image, her designs are very futuristic, characterized by the ‘powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures’, according to The New York Times. This is examplified in the design for the diving platforms, which where constructed using 462 tonnes of concrete. In the video below, you can see how they were made and what they look like.

    During the Olympics the Aquatic Centre could hold 17,500 people, but this was with the two temporary ‘wings’ that you can see on the photo. Work is being done to remove the wings and create a regular capacity of 2,500, with a further 1000 available for special events. This work will be completed in 2014 when it will be opened to the public. Of the many swimming venues built for the games, the London Aquatics Centre is the only one that will remain afterwards.

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