World-class venues ready for Olympic Games

Posted at 07/20/12 7:03 PM

LONDON - The eyes of billions of people around the world will be fixed on London for the opening ceremonies on July 27.

The city is also keen on showcasing to the world its best architectural features.  

Cost, function, aesthetics are the three overriding factors in building London's key Olympic structures.

“We had to look at what needed to be permanent and what could be relatively short term. We came up to split the project in different components,” said Philip Johnson, architect for the Olympic Stadium.

The area of East London has been transformed from semi-dereliction into the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games, offering 2,800 apartments for the athletes.  

A group of soldiers walk past the Olympic basketball arena in Olympic Park, Stratford, east London, July 19, 2012. / REUTERS

The Olympic Stadium was designed for a capacity of 80,000 people for the Games, to suit the needs of the athletics and ceremonies events.
It is also capable of being scaled down to a range of different capacities and uses.

“I think it's going to be a great place to be both for the spectators and people watching on television,” said Johnson.

Angela Brady, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects added, “They have a future use and it is very important that we are linked and engaging the community that surrounds the buildings.”
The aquatics centre is notable for its wave-shaped roof, sweeping timber ceiling and bespoke concrete dive boards.
The Olympic structures are world-class, ambitious, and stunning and they are ready to welcome the world.

“All of our venues are right on track so we are very confident we are in very good place to deliver for the games,” said James Bulley, director of venues and infrastructure, LOCOG.

London wants to offer the most exciting events in Olympic history and leave a lasting architectural legacy with its new sporting venues.