London Aquatics Centre
Olympic Games 2012
With its distinctive architecture and curved roof, the new London Aquatics Centre will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the London 2012 Summer Paralympics. It features a spectacular wave-like roof, made of 100% reclycled aluminium, that is 160m long and up to 80m wide. The majority of spectators will be seated in two temporary wings that will be taken down after the Games. The stadium will be the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Parc. The London Aquatics Centre was designed by the international architect Zaha Hadid in 2004 before London won the bid for the Olympic Games 2012. The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50-metre swimming pools and a 25-metre diving pool. The centre is located in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London. Construction started in July 2008 and was completed in July 2011. On July 27th, 2011, the stadium was officially opened, still one year to go for the Opening Ceremony in 2012.