Project: London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Center | Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects | Location: London, UK| Compleated: 2011
I blogged about Olympic architecture buidings here, but missed one Zaha Hadid’s £269m Aquatics Center. As this building needed it’s own post this is my favorite building from the London Olympic Games. 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. The diving platforms are moulded out of the same concrete as the rest of the lower structure, making them extensions of the architecture rather than additional pieces of concrete.