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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.

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Stadium construction and sustainability. The review of mega-event stadiums (1990-2012)

What if? has covered a lot of topics on and off stadium subjects since Paul started the website. The following is a paper, now three years old, that by chance (haltingly) summarises many of the issues encountered here through posts and comments on stadiums.

The paper is interesting rather than astonishing as a piece of student writing and analysis goes; clearly English is a second language. The students’ supervisors could have worked them harder across the board.

If nothing else the paper underlines the fact that stadium construction itself is relentlessly astonishing on a global basis – why would we even attempt to equate stadium construction and sustainability in one breath…

We think – we know – we’ve got problems at Dunedin trying to build a rugby stadium for three little RWC pool games…after these, we haven’t thought much about the future of the facility, this has been evident from the very start.

Multiuse notions will be flung ill-fittingly at a relatively inflexible unconvincing building form. The construction budget has always been too small for the so-called multipurpose dream. The operating budget projections are shockingly inconsequential.

The stadium as it rises from the piles will read like a curtailment.

To turn the Otago stadium into a multipurpose venue – indeed, if in any way it is possible – will be the added drain on citizens and ratepayers.

For months the Carisbrook Stadium Trust has been avoiding face-to-face meetings with the Dunedin public (forced as main funder of the stadium), to explain the sustainable future of this building and the activity it hosts, within the city’s urban fabric.

Instead, vaguely interested people in the townships of Cromwell, Wanaka and Oamaru, for example, could be the only ones to interact with the CST ‘live update’ roadshow.

These are not the tactics of a socially responsible and accountable charitable trust – no, was it a trust with own mission working complicitly with Dunedin City Council to build a rugby venue that will stupefy and strangle citizens for twenty years, or more.

The Otago stadium, whether or not a pig’s ear (it is), can’t at all be mistaken for a mega-event stadium in a world city.


Stadium construction and sustainability.
The review of mega-event stadiums (1990-2012)

Contributors: Sertac Erten and Sena Oezfiliz
Date of publication: 2006
Place of publication: Rotterdam, Netherlands

International CIB endorsed METU postgraduate conference, Ankara (Turkey), 17. Mar. 2006 – 18. Mar. 2006
Part of Conference: Built environment and information technologies


This paper will try to review the near past of the mega-event stadium construction, and the recent approaches in stadium-building in terms of sustainable urban development and architecture. The research will cover the period of 1990-2012, from the start of sustainability discussions and their revealing implications on stadium-construction up to the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games and its stadium. The focus will be on the notions of flexibility in stadium design and post-event maintenance of stadiums for sustainable urban environment.

Full Text URL: http://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/06059012396.pdf

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Bird's Nest videos continued

Discovery Channel – chinasuperpower
China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (2of5)
June 11, 2008 (9’07”)

Vodpod videos no longer available.


China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (3of5) (9’06”)

China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (4of5) (9’07”)

China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Part 5 of 5 (9’04”)


The Beijing National Stadium (traditional Chinese: 北京國家體育場; simplified Chinese: 北京国家体育场; Hanyu Pinyin: Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng; Tongyong Pinyin: Běijīng Guójiā Tǐyùchǎng), also known as the National Stadium,[1] or the “Bird’s Nest” (鳥巢) for its architecture, is a stadium finished for the Olympic Green in Beijing, China that has so far been completed as of March 2008.[2] The stadium will host the main track and field competitions for the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. It is located east of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre.In 2002, Government officials engaged architects worldwide in a design competition. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with ArupSport and China Architecture Design & Research Group to win the competition. Contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, is the Artistic Consultant for design.[3] The ground was broken on Christmas Eve December 2003, and construction started in March 2004, but was halted by the high construction cost in August 2004 and continued again. In January 2008, concerns about construction working conditions arose when it was revealed that 2 workers had died during the stadium’s construction.The stadium can seat as many as 91,000 spectators during the Olympics. The capacity will then be reduced to 80,000 after the Games. It has replaced the original intended venue of the Guangdong Olympic Stadium[citation needed]. The stadium is 330 metres long by 220 metres wide, and is 69.2 metres tall. The stadium uses 258,000 square metres of space and has a usable area of 204,000 square metres. It was built with 36 km of unwrapped steel[citation needed], with a combined weight of 45,000 tonnes. The stadium has some 11,000 square metres of underground rooms with waterproof walls. The stadium will cost up to 3.5 billion yuan (≈423 million USD).

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But, real stadium architecture… + Bird's Nest Video (1of5)

Chaps, here’s something about a round thing, about business – not a table! An elaboration for the What if? banner image…

### New York Times August 5, 2008
Architecture Review: Olympic Stadium With a Design to Remember

By Nikolai Ouroussoff
Written a week before the Olympics opened at Beijing.

Given the astounding expectations piled upon the National Stadium, I’m surprised it hasn’t collapsed under the strain…Expect to be overwhelmed. Designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the stadium lives up to its aspiration as a global landmark.

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Discovery Channel on the Bird’s Nest, some context and characters…

China Beijing Olympic National Stadium – Bird’s Nest (1of5)
June 11, 2008 (9’00”)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Sorry saga of cost overruns, Kerr

### interest.co.nz February 11, 2009
Opinion: Don’t subsidise stadia or events without referenda
By Roger Kerr
Stadiums and events involving central and local governments are often controversial. The redevelopment of Carisbrook is a case in point.
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This piece by Roger Kerr first appeared in the Otago Daily Times, August 11, 2006. Roger Kerr (rkerr@nzbr.org.nz) is the executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable.


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See comment by Peter Entwisle at SkyscraperCity on the funding of Wellington’s Westpac Stadium (The Cake Tin) compared to the proposed Otago stadium.

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