Architecture | London 2012 Olympic Games | Count DOWN

London 2012 Olympic Stadium

Today instead of our normal Colour Fridays we are coloring this Friday with countdown to 2012 Olympic Games. London will be the first city to host the Olympic Summer Games for a third time. Embedded in the London Games design parameters is the need to provide for the future, the Legacy of a major event, which requires transformation of the city and the venues – challenging the concept of building permanence. So here are some beautiful architecture stadiums where the games will be hosted in.

The London Olympic Stadium is sited on a diamond-shaped island between two existing waterways, located within the southern section of the new Olympic Park. The seating bowl is compact, bringing all 80, 000 spectators far closer to the event than previous Games venues. Olympic stadium has simple legible forms which develop, minimizing the physical weight, fabrication time and embodied energy of each component, and bringing together to the whole building, linked by demountable connections. This not only enables the overlay of theater and spectacle in staging the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 80,000 capacity venue, but also promotes possibilities of transformation after the Games down to a minimum 25,000 seat venue form. The black and white seats provide a neutral backdrop for the interior colour of the spectator facilities and pathways, and the animation that spectators will bring to the event. The running track will also be highlighted in a striking colour which will reflect the vibrancy of London in 2012.

London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena

In November 2007, the SKM/Wilkinson Eyre/KSS design team was appointed to design the Basketball Arena for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The design, which received planning permission in March 2009, is such that two-thirds of the materials and elements within the building can be reused or recycled after the Games. As one of the three key venues on the site, the building will be home to the basketball competition, the handball finals, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and will be a holding area for athletes during the opening and closing ceremonies.
During the Olympic Games the arena will have 12,000 seats for the basketball and handball competitions, reducing to a capacity of 10,000 for wheelchair basketball and rugby during the Paralympic Games. Building work on the arena will finish in time for test events before the Games.

London 2012 Olympic Velodrome Architecture

The London 2012 Velodrome has been awarded the Architecture Award during the Design of the Year 2012 Awards Ceremony at the Design Museum. The awards showcase the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world.

London 2012 Shooting Venue

Three mobile buildings will accommodate the 10, 25 and 50 m shooting competitions. Shooting is a sport in which the results and progress of the competition are hardly visible to the eye of the spectator. The design of the shooting venue was driven by the desire to evoke an experience of flow and precision inherent in the shooting sport through the dynamically curving space. All three ranges were configured in a crisp, white double curved membrane façade studded with vibrantly colored openings.

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