London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid

The London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid, was the second largest building and one of the key venues of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Positioned on the south eastern edge of the Olympic Park, the architectural concept of the London Aquatics Centre is inspired by the fluid geometries of water in motion, creating spaces and a surrounding environment that reflect the riverside landscapes of the Olympic Park. The pool hall's form is generated by the sightlines of the 17,500 spectators in its Olympic mode. Double-curvature geometry has been used to generate a parabolic arch structure that creates the unique characteristics of the roof. 










The Aquatics Centre, with an area of 21,897 sq. meters, features a huge undulating, wave-like roof, which shelters the main pool and diving facilities. Structurally, the roof is grounded at 3 primary positions with the opening between the roof and podium used for the additional spectator seating in Olympic mode (total 15,000 temporary seats). After the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this temporary seating has been removed and replaced with glazing panels, leaving a capacity of 2,500 seats for community use and future national/international events, with a significantly reduced pool hall volume. 









In total an impressive 628 panes of glass and 8 external doors have all been installed in the London Aquatics Centre, allowing lots of natural light into the pool. The building’s sustainability credentials are inherent and exemplary. It achieved a BREEAM Innovation Credit for its unusual use of concrete mixes. It also has won numerous awards such as Silver Medal in International IOC/IAKS Awards (the most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational facilities), Major Building Project Award at the annual British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) 2014, Structural Steel Design Awards 2010, etc.





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