Zaha Hadid: ‘Gateway into the Games’ London 2012 Olympics

Remember Eero Saarinen’s TWA at New York…

### Architects’ Journal 11 November, 2009
First look at Zaha’s Olympic Aquatic Centre roof
By Richard Waite

Work has completed on the installation of the wave-like roof, the crowning glory of Zaha Hadid’s London Olympics aquatics centre. The project has been described as ‘the most complicated engineering challenge’ anywhere on the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Manoeuvring the enormous 2,800 tonne signature piece into position at the venue in Stratford, East London, began in March this year.
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The Aquatic Centre in Stratford, East London forms a key legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games. With a capacity of 20,000 spectators during the Games, the two 50m swimming pools and 25m diving pool will be turned into a 3,500 capacity after the Games, forming the British capital’s leading facility for aquatic sports. – darjole, 22 June 2006

London 2012 Aquatic Centre designed by Zaha Hadid
London 2012 Aquatic Centre
London Olympic Aquatic Centre after 2012

London Olympic Aquatic Centre, June 2008
View of Aquatics site, showing pool footprint.
[uncanny resemblance to Dunedin’s stadium site]

Stratford Olympic Site – Aquatic Centre, London July 2009
Aquatic Centre
London Aquatic Centre getting a roof
London 2012 Aquatic Centre, June 2009

The temporary additional covered seating stands for the 2010 Olympics:
London 2012 Aquatics Centre, Games mode
London 2012 Aquatics Centre, Games mode

darrenjle15’s photostream showing construction and renders.

Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, Construction, Design, Economics, Geography, Inspiration, Project management, Site, Sport

7 responses to “Zaha Hadid: ‘Gateway into the Games’ London 2012 Olympics

  1. Phil

    A couple of interesting stadium projects courtesy of my latest QS gazette.

    Swedbank Stadium in Malmö, Sweden was recently opened. Home of the Malmö Football Club. Jointly owned by the club, a property development company and a construction company. Covered seating, natural turf pitch, seating capacity 24,000. Construction cost 142M NZD.

    The Swedbank Arena in Solna, Sweden is to be the home of the national football team. Fully retractable roof, seating capacity of 50,000. Configured for football, ice hockey, concerts, and conferences. Construction cost estimated at 300M NZD.

    A link to a Swedish architectural website. The language doesn’t help, but some rather cool pictures.

  2. Dear Zaha Hadid,

    I always interest of your design… and If you don’t mind, please give me your advice of architecture world..
    Thank you for your attention.
    Best Regards,

    Techno Creative Design

  3. Phil

    If you scroll down there is an english version of the site.

    • Elizabeth

      Re London 2012 Aquatic Centre – this thread is no accident. By which I mean raising a roof.


      The other day on a What if? site visit, CST’s commercial manager Guy Hedderwick mentioned that following the main structural work on the (local) stadium’s south and north stands, a large crane will be on site to help lift the main cross members spanning between the stands – a lift requiring more than one crane, obviously. The components being of such a size and weight that in NZ construction and engineering terms the lift will likely constitute a first. Watch for updates. Get cameras ready.

      • Elizabeth

        Original post updated with links to darrenjle15’s photostream and two images from this showing temporary additional covered seating for the 2012 Olympics.

  4. I’m very excited about the Olympics. I’ve worked in Stratford for 4 years now and it’s interesting to see the development- even more so when the final thing is completed. It’ll mean a lot for London and be a huge move.


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