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The London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects. The 15,950sqm building’s design was inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion. – Hufton + Crow/AFP
There is no fear of venue becoming a white elephant, says mayor.
SUPERSTAR architect Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre will open its doors to the public on March 1, offering swimming and diving lessons, water polo, synchronised swimming, triathlon, sub aqua and dry diving facilities.
Designed for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the building features a 2,500-seat capacity for spectators, although glazing along each side of the Centre has replaced the temporary stands used during the global sporting event.
The 15,950sqm building’s design was inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, featuring an undulating roof which sweeps up from the ground like a wave. It includes a large volumetric pool hall and houses three pools for training, competitions and diving.
“After a post-Olympic makeover, London’s majestic aquatics centre is now flinging open its doors for everyone to enjoy, whether an elite athlete or enthusiastic amateur,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson. “All of the world-class sporting venues on the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have secured bright, futures, dispelling fears of white elephants and helping to drive our ambitious regeneration plans for east London.”
The London Aquatics Centre will continue to host national and international events, including the FINA/NVC 2014 World Diving Series and 2016 European Swimming Championships.
Member of the public have the option of booking a session online ahead of time. Prices vary, with a child’s entry starting at £2 and an adult off-peak swim costing £3.50. – AFP Relaxnews
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