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Old June 22nd, 2008, 08:21 AM   #1
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Aquatics Centre | Olympic Park | 2,500 capacity

It seems there is no dedicated thread for the 2012 Aquatics Centre build so I thought I'd start one.

Aquatics Centre site on Wikimapia.

Aerial view from Wikimapia taken before site clearance began.



Site clearance begins.

Looking south along Waterworks River.



Looking north.





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Old June 22nd, 2008, 08:25 AM   #2
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Site clearance 11 May 2008.

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Old June 22nd, 2008, 08:29 AM   #3
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24 May 2008

Towards Aquatics Centre site from the Greenway 24 may 2008.

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Old June 22nd, 2008, 09:03 AM   #4
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Latest renders.

Latest renders of Aquatics Centre from ODA Planning site.

Games mode.


Main entrance.


Main entrance spectators holing area.


Main entrance extended podium.


Main entrance outside.


Plaza.


Birds eye view.


Main entrance.


External view.


View from Carpenters Road.


View from car park.


Interior textures.


Interior.
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 10:19 AM   #5
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Looks like something out the 60s 70s inside.
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 12:35 PM   #6
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Just because it uses concrete?
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 12:40 PM   #7
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Just because it uses concrete?
Yep!
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 12:52 PM   #8
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I'll be perfectly honest and say I don't think this is going to be the architectural wonder so many at the ODA believe it is going to be. It's been to much compromised from the original bid design and further redesigned to satisfy legacy demands making it too small for the Olympic mode and generally a less grand building.

I'm not convinced either by the fact the main entrance during the Games in on the southern end, and that there are only two lifts for disabled access which is painfully ridiculous.

That said, it's a Zaha Hadid, which makes me moist whatever it looks like, but I have a real scary feeling this isn't going to turn out the 'Sydney Opera House' Seb Coe wanted it to be.
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I'll be perfectly honest and say I don't think this is going to be the architectural wonder so many at the ODA believe it is going to be. It's been to much compromised from the original bid design and further redesigned to satisfy legacy demands making it too small for the Olympic mode and generally a less grand building.

I'm not convinced either by the fact the main entrance during the Games in on the southern end, and that there are only two lifts for disabled access which is painfully ridiculous.

That said, it's a Zaha Hadid, which makes me moist whatever it looks like, but I have a real scary feeling this isn't going to turn out the 'Sydney Opera House' Seb Coe wanted it to be.
My sentiments exactly DarjoLe (even down to my favorite word "moist").
Didn't they learn anything from the Barbican Centre or Hayward Gallery, how many people are going to try to get in through the back door before realizing the main entrance is on the other side?
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 01:28 PM   #10
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I don't think it will be a problem per se during the Games, because people with tickets for Aquatic events will be funnelled off to the left when they come over the Stratford bridge so in essence will be forced round the back. The main bridge will then be for spectators going to the stadium or velodrome etc.

It's just such a shame the urban realm for this isn't akin to the stadiums- no pods, no concourse, no real sense of an open view. Put some of that in there and you'd have a really exciting venue to simply walk around as well as take in events inside.
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Just because it uses concrete?
No look at the shape of the pool, The lights, And how the diving boards are shaped. + the concrete !
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 08:32 PM   #12
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I'll give you the diving boards, I can't really comment on the lights but the pool? What shape were you expecting for an Olympic Pool?
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Not really sure what the problem is with it looking 60s/70s inside.
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I like the look, a bit like the TWA Terminal at JFK.

That said Zaha Hadid's original design was far superior, shame it was too expensive.
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I just am disappointed the building is not big enough so we don't have to have those retarded wings on the side. Its looks great in legacy mode a building we will be proud of...unfortunately not at the olympics.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 12:54 AM   #16
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to be honest during the Games no one will care about the exterior, London has enough icons to fill the worlds tv schedules and the action will all be inside (most people only know about athens' pools (with no roof) because all the swimmers got either blinded or sunburnt in the baking sun there). I believe the legacy mode is far mor eimportant and at least that looks a ok.

Have to say i am loving the interior, especially the diving boards - very reminiscent of the work of Lubetkin at London and Dudley Zoos - nice to see Zaha getting back to her constructivist leaning roots - not too keen a fan of much of her recent blobby work.
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 01:45 PM   #17
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The Olympic pool is outrageously good. There is no way London would have got anything like this were it not for winning the games. A bit of comparison is needed.

Manchester Commonwealth pool


London's best today - actualy I'm quite fond of this




My local pool when I was growing up.



Beijing - equally as good I'd say, no better, no worse.




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I think the Beijing pool looks amazing at night, but awful in daylight, like a giant plastic greenhouse.

I think the London pool will end up as a pleasant surprise to everyone.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #19
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hadn't seen the aquatic centre until today, but its been worth the wait, beautiful curves, but what are the chances of the sky being so azure and clear......
Are all the railway sidings going to remain, or be relocated?
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The renders show various highrises behind the pool, are these real or just there for effect?
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