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London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 August, 2011
London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects
London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet +61

  • Architects

  • Location

    Westminster, London, United Kingdom
  • Project Team

    Alex Bilton, Alex Marcoulides, Barbara Bochnak, Carlos Garijo, Clay Shorthall, Ertu Erbay, George King, Giorgia Cannici, Hannes Schafelner, Hee Seung Lee, Kasia Townend, Nannette Jackowski, Nicolas Gdalewitch, Seth Handley, Thomas Soo, Tom Locke, Torsten Broeder, Tristan Job, Yamac Korfali, Yeena Yoon
  • Area

    15950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Hufton + Crow

© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

Project Team: Alex Bilton, Alex Marcoulides, Barbara Bochnak, Carlos Garijo, Clay Shorthall, Ertu Erbay, George King, Giorgia Cannici, Hannes Schafelner, Hee Seung Lee, Kasia Townend, Nannette Jackowski, Nicolas Gdalewitch, Seth Handley, Thomas Soo, Tom Locke, Torsten Broeder, Tristan Job, Yamac Korfali, Yeena Yoon

Design Concept

The architectural concept of the London Aquatic 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. An undulating roof sweeps up from the ground as a wave - enclosing the pools of the Centre with a unifying gesture of fluidity, while also describing the volume of the swimming and diving pools.

© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hufton + Crow

The Aquatics Centre is designed with an inherent flexibility to accommodate 17,500 spectators for the London 2012 Games in ‘Olympic’ mode while also providing the optimum spectator capacity of 2000 for use in ‘Legacy’ mode after the Games.

Northern Plaza & Roof (Legacy Mode)
Northern Plaza & Roof (Legacy Mode)

Northern Plaza & Roof (Legacy Mode)

Site Context

The Aquatics Centre is within the Olympic Park Masterplan. Positioned on the south eastern edge of the Olympic Park with direct proximity to Stratford, a new pedestrian access to the Olympic Park via the east-west bridge (called the Stratford City Bridge) passes directly over the Centre as a primary gateway to the Park. Several smaller pedestrian bridges will also connect the site to the Olympic Park over the existing canal.

© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

Legacy Rendering

The Aquatic Centre addresses the main public spaces implicit within the Olympic Park and Stratford City planning strategies: the east-west connection of the Stratford City Bridge and the continuation of the Olympic Park along the canal.

Ground Floor Plan (Olympic Mode)
Ground Floor Plan (Olympic Mode)

Ground Floor Plan (Olympic Mode)

Podium & Roof (Legacy Mode)
Podium & Roof (Legacy Mode)

Podium & Roof (Legacy Mode)

Layout

The Aquatics Centre is planned on an orthogonal axis that is perpendicular to the Stratford City Bridge. All three pools are aligned on this axis. The training pool is located under the bridge with the competition and diving pools located within the large pool hall enclosed by the roof. The overall strategy is to frame the base of the pool hall as a podium connected to the Stratford City Bridge

© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hufton + Crow

This podium element contains of a variety of differentiated and cellular programmes within a single architectural volume which is seen to be completely assimilated with the bridge. The podium emerges from the bridge to cascade around the pool hall to the lower level of the canal.

Longitudinal Section (Olympic Mode)
Longitudinal Section (Olympic Mode)

Longitudinal Section (Olympic Mode)

The pool hall is expressed above the podium by a large roof which arches along the same axis as the pools. Its 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 roof undulates to differentiate between the volumes of competition pool and the diving pool. Projecting beyond the pool hall envelope, the roof extends to the external areas and to the main entrance on the bridge that will be the primary access in Legacy mode. 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, then in-filled with a glass façade in Legacy mode.

© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hufton + Crow

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects" 18 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/161116/london-aquatics-centre-for-2012-summer-olympics-zaha-hadid-architects/>
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Jordan Jee · September 09, 2013

Nice detail drawings

Dorin Gashinov · August 19, 2012

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Kirstine Kragballe · August 06, 2012

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Abbie Brown · August 04, 2012

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David Millsaps · July 31, 2012

Zaha Hadid&#39s London Aquatics Centre is soo dope: http://t.co/rmi95sFj

Andrei Muntean · July 31, 2012

Boom! Flawed.

KSA Interiors · July 31, 2012

Ever since Bejing&#39s "Water Cube" we&#39ve had a soft spot for Olympic aquatic center design. More on the latest in... http://t.co/Uux7ecrL

ModRichmond · July 31, 2012

Zaha Hadid&#39s London Aquatic Centre in detail, via ArchDaily. More photos here: http://t.co/8NdOSU1W http://t.co/O5qjupo3

Maciej Franta · July 30, 2012

Igrzyska Olimpijskie trwaj?, Londyn wzbogaci? si? o kilkana?cie obiektów sportowych. Trzymamy kciuki za naszych... http://t.co/8uXD9p8t

Uncle Daren · July 30, 2012

The Aquatic Center http://t.co/J2R00E2J Zaha denies design flaws. Says the organizers r selling tix w/o disclaimer *ceiling may block view*

Dabliu · July 29, 2012

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Brian Diecks · July 28, 2012

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Tomasz Drgas · July 13, 2012

Maybe someone knows how much costed the temporary seating wings themselfs. What part of those 269milions of pounds it was????

Stevie Holiday · July 05, 2012

London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics is incredible! http://t.co/XBsuX5fL via @archdaily, @london2012

Casali Crystal Door · June 28, 2012

Glass & Architecture in Sport: only 29 days to the Olympics 2012 and new buldings are rising in the City...... http://t.co/m8kPExVJ

JF · May 06, 2012

Nice to have this in London at the 2012 games but seriously aren't we looking at the 50 year anniversary of the 1962 opening of Saarinen's TWA Building........

Sarah Bkr · February 26, 2012

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jamie go · February 24, 2012

Hadid's style seems to thrive more with a more restrictive program like this

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atefeh · December 09, 2011

wow!
perfect as always!

Harta Kesuma Wardana · November 28, 2011

keren buat referensi lo.. http://t.co/aDzxh0qL

es · October 10, 2011

hello any bodiny knows what's the material used covering the roof ?

Tuti Gianakis · September 04, 2011

zaha remix http://t.co/vviYqS1

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Shauna Daly · August 24, 2011

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Stuart Deverill · August 23, 2011

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Andrea · August 23, 2011

"@mlozano9: La "Alberca Olímpica" para Londres 2012 por Zaha Hadid http://t.co/w8euVU3 cc @chuchus" #pff la amo! Vean el velódromo 100% org!

Miguel Lozano · August 23, 2011

Lo que viene siendo la "Alberca Olímpica" para Londres 2012 por Zaha Hadid http://t.co/m90Ergu cc @chuchus

Neil Robinson · August 22, 2011

Stunning use of color and form for the #london2012 aquatic center by @zaha_hadid http://t.co/c0wEbaR

fedenegro · August 20, 2011

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Daniel Pickard · August 19, 2011

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up_today_arch · August 19, 2011

good, profesional... but not afflation...

Erick Navarrete · August 19, 2011

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Sudar Khadka · August 19, 2011

As a whole I find the building more subtle compared to her other works. I think it is upon looking closer that the details of this building really shine and make it more sophisticated.

Jason Mill · August 19, 2011

stunning! .. Zaha&#39s London Olympic Aquatics Centre http://t.co/mJ49pkO post #eqnz pool for #chch ??

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Carlos Garijo · August 19, 2011

London Aquatics Centre 2012 Olympics http://ow.ly/66AWp. i enjoyed it. doing my bit... congratulations !

Ramon Cardona · August 19, 2011

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KSA · August 18, 2011

zaha inc. has clearly figured out from some earlier publishing adventures its better if they dont show any real exterior shots of this building right now.

sina pakand · August 18, 2011

wow!
like all of zaha's project has an special softness in movements!
Nice!

NpLI · August 18, 2011

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Mr P · August 18, 2011

Hallelujah! I love her so.

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