The london Olympic stadium
The Olympic stadium is the centre piece of the London 2012 Olympic and Para olympic Games. Work started on the stadium in 2007 and finished in 2011 at a cost of £468 million causing concern about the amount of money being spent on the Olympics. The stadium was designed by the Architecture firm Populous who are an experienced stadium. The Architects state that the design is totally fixated on the olympics and then can be transformed for long term usage. The repeated triangular ring around the stadium makes it look like a crown which is fitting seen as it is the crown jewel of the London 2012 Olympic games.
The Aquatics centre
Ground broke in July 2008 and took another 3 years to be completed at a cost of £269 million. It is one of my most favourite buildings from the Olympic facilities with its elegant form based upon the the fluidity and movement of water which is both in tune with its function but also sympathetic to the river landscape that the olympic park is set within. The Architect for the aquatics centre is the award winning Zaha Hadid.
The Velodrome is a part of the London Velopark designed by Hopkins Architects. The form of the building is inspired by the bicycles ergonomics and efficency and was a great response to the brief by using the most elegant and simple materials keeping the Velodrome on Budget. It cost £105 million and took 2 years to build.
The copper box is a relativley small venue that will hos t sports events such as the handball event and the modern pentathalon. After the Olympics it will be transformed into the sports centre that will serve the local comunity. The architects behind this venue is MAKEarchitects, and Populous.