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Olympic Stadium - Populous   Olympic Park - EDAW Consortium   London Aquatics Centre - Zaha Hadid Architects   Velodrome - Hopkins Architects
Copper Box - Make Architects   International Broadcast Centre - Allies and Morrison   London Shooting Venue - Magma Architecture   Basketball Arena - Wilkinson Eyre Architects   Water Polo Arena - David Morley Architects
Riverbank Arena - Populous   Olympic Village - 16 Architects and Firms   Additional Olympic Venues

Copper Box

"The form of the arena is a simple structural box housing the 2,750-square-meter (29,600-square-foot) field of play which is surrounded by a vibrant, multi-coloured interior and a flexible system of retractable seating.

"Visitors will be able to enter the arena via a glazed concourse level that encircles the building, offering views of the activity taking place within and illuminating the venue at night.

"A 13,700-square-meter (147,000-square-foot) back-of-house area includes extensive catering, security, and media facilities." — MAKE Architects

Location: Olympic Park, London, England
Events: Handball, Modern Pentathlon
Type: Permanent, handball arena
Capacity: 7,000
Dates: 2007 to 2011

Designer: MAKE Architects
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Other names: London 2012 Handball Arena



International Broadcast Centre/ Main Press Centre Complex

"The International Broadcast Centre/ Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) Complex is a 24-hour media hub for around 20,000 broadcasters, photographers and journalists who will bring the Games to an estimated four billion people worldwide." — London 2012

Location: Olympic Park, London, England
Events: Non-competition venue - Press and Media center
Type: Permanent
Area: over 80,000 square meters (860,000 square feet)
Dates: April 2009 to summer 2011

Designer: Allies and Morrison
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Other names: International Broadcast Center



London Shooting Venue

"Three mobile buildings will accomodate the 10, 25 and 50 m shooting competitions. 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 fašade studded with vibrantly colored openings. As well as animating the facade, these dots operate as tensioning nodes. The openings also act as ventilation intake and doorways at ground level." — Magma Architecture

Location: Royal Artillery Barracks, London, England
Events: Shooting; Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun marksmanship
Type: Temporary, three-building shooting range
Dates: early 2011 to early 2012

Designer: Magma Architecture
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Construction System: Steel frame with PVC enclosure



Basketball Arena

"A key challenge of the project was to create a temporary building which would not only be simple to erect and sustainable in terms of its legacy once the Games are over, but which will provide a world-class sporting venue for some of the most popular Olympic events.

"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." — Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Location: Olympic Park, London, England
Events: Basketball, Handball
Type: Temporary
Capacity: 12,000
Dates: November 2007 to June 2011

Designer: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Structural/ Environmental Engineer: SKM Anthony Hunts
Sports Architect: KSS
Builder: Barr Construction
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Construction System: Steel frame with PVC enclosure



Water Polo Arena

"A 5,000 seat capacity venue, the Water Polo Venue sits within a unique development of architecture, infrastructure and landscape with the purpose of providing a platform for the London 2012 games and a lasting legacy for the townscape of London.

"This demountable venue creates an emerging form of architecture for future Olympic Games. It is made from a Kit of Parts that comes from and can return to the supply chain.

"It occupies a prominent site at the main gateway to the Olympic Park and, with a very limited budget, the design responds through innovations in planning, form and material whilst also complimenting key site views to and from the stadium.

"The Venue includes a competition pool, warm-up pool and ancillary accommodation for spectators, athletes, press and VIPs." — David Morley Architects

Location: Olympic Park, London, England
Events: Water Polo
Type: Temporary
Capacity: 5,000
Dates: Spring 2011 to May 2012

Designer: David Morley Architects
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Construction System: Steel frame, with silver PVC enclosure and a roof made of air-inflated recyclable plastic cushions


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The Copper Box handball arena of the 2012 London Olympics, designed by MAKE Architects.
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The main handball court of the 7,000-seat Copper Box.
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The four-story Main Press Center, designed by Allies and Morrison.
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One of the shooting ranges inside the London Shooting Venue.
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The temporary Olympic Basketball Arena, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
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The temporary Water Polo Arena, designed by David Morley Architects.
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