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amor de cosmos Feb 25, 2011 10:34 PM

LONDON | 2012 Olympic venues
should there be a thread for this? I kind of thought that as things get completed maybe pics could go here:


hopkins architects: london 2012 olympic velodrome complete
over 18 months before the start of the games, london-based hopkins architects have completed the '2012 olympic velodrome', making it the first venue to be officially handed over to the olympic delivery authority. built on the old home of the eastway cycle track, the 6,000-seat indoor facility features a distinct, double-curve roof which was the result of an focused study into the performance and efficiency of the building.

Ch.G, Ch.G Feb 25, 2011 11:41 PM

^ So, so beautiful.

Aleks Feb 26, 2011 12:40 AM

darn you cosmos! i was gonna post this! but i am in loveeee with the velodrome! such a sexy building, the quality is like nothing i've ever seen, it's just love at first sight!

here's a site with more pictures. including this one which is my favorite!

Bedhead Feb 26, 2011 10:05 AM

The only thing I'm not convinced about on the velodrome is the ceiling - it feels a bit bland & value engineered compared to the rest of the space - I can't help thinking they could have done something more interesting, more like the Vancouver speed skating rink, which looked amazing.

RLS_rls Feb 27, 2011 1:59 AM

Gorgeous building, great colour and form. The thin ribbon of glass underneath the massive roof really gives it a wide, flat feeling.

First thing I thought of when I saw this was the Calgary Saddledome.

The North One Mar 1, 2011 11:35 PM

Am I the only one who doesn't watch the Olympics?
who cares if somebody can run/swim faster then another person? that's so boring.

to me this is just a huge waste of time.

BTW this building looks like a giant pringles chip

muppet Mar 2, 2011 12:10 AM

its been nicknamed 'the Pringle' already by the British press.

M II A II R II K Mar 2, 2011 12:18 AM

I don't suppose that Cloud is still on the table.

Bedhead Mar 2, 2011 10:41 PM

No, they went with the giant hemorrhoid instead:
Rocking Facts

muppet Mar 2, 2011 11:09 PM

nah, giant squid attacking a flying saucer

HooverDam Mar 3, 2011 5:54 AM

Wow what a gorgeous building. I love the pringle roof, it looks like the Veterans Memorial Coliseum here in Phoenix (which was built in '65):

RobH Mar 5, 2011 12:27 PM


Should there be a thread for this? I kind of thought that as things get completed maybe pics could go here
There's the London Stadium development thread, which is full of construction photos, and isn't dedicated solely to the Olympic venues, so it's nice to have a new thread just for London 2012.

For those who don't know, London's Games is split between a large new Olympic Park in East London - most of whose venues should be completed this year - and well known venues across London like Wembley and Wimbldeon. There are also events outside of the capitial, like the football tournament which is nationwide, and the sailing events which will be on the south coast.

Here's a more full account of what you'll be seeing in just over a year....

Olympic Park: (u/c)

I posted a lot of new construction photos in the stadiums thread a week or so ago, so for those who want to see the progress of the main Olympic Park, here's that post:

And a video of the completed Park (renders):

Video Link


Completed venues (or ones which just need temporary seating installed), which seems to be the main thrust of this new thread:

Lea Valley White Water Centre:

Lots of landscaping still to do and temporary seating to be installed for the Games but the centre is open:



The O2:

Eton Rowing Lake:


Earls Court:

Hampton Court Palace:

Weymouth and Portland:

Woolwich Barracks:

Wembley Arena:

Horse Guards Parade:

Greenwich Park:

Hyde Park:

Wembley Stadium:

Old Trafford (Manchester):

Millennium Stadium (Cardiff):

St James' Park (Newcastle):

Hampden Park (Glasgow):

City of Coventry Stadium:

bbeliko Mar 5, 2011 4:34 PM

London is doing a fantastic job in getting ready for the Olympics, it really seems that the 2012 games will be among the best in history.

daisyau Mar 21, 2011 1:24 AM

London is doing a great job!! They are doing a good job. Fixing the tube to avoid any problems as overcrowded tube stations, new buildings etc. All these is given oppurtunity to people to work which is even better. I can't wait for the Olympic games is going to be one of the best event ever!

amor de cosmos Mar 29, 2011 9:37 PM


Construction completed at the London Olympic Stadium

Today marked the end of construction on London’s most avidly-awaited structure over the last three years – the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Designed by Populous, the ‘centre piece’ of the Stratford site is an ellipse, measuring 315m at its longest axis and 256m at its shortest axis. The final step will be to lay the running track, put off to ensure its protection during the programme of temporary overlay work for ceremonies.

Construction on the project commenced in May 2008 and now, less than three years later, the Olympic Stadium has been completed on time, under budget and touting an exemplary safety record. A ceremonial laying of the last strip of turf was attended by Chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympian Frank Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman John Armitt, London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe and 400m hurdles Olympic medallist Tasha Danvers. Local schoolchildren also turned out to watch the completion of this important project.




The North One Apr 3, 2011 1:53 AM


Originally Posted by Bedhead (Post 5184847)

how does that look like a hemorrhoid?

Bedhead Apr 3, 2011 6:42 AM


Originally Posted by The North One (Post 5226731)
how does that look like a hemorrhoid?

just red, bloated and veiny

sopas ej Apr 4, 2011 4:13 AM

Wow, so the main Olympic stadium is all finished now. I'm wondering how the Olympic cauldron will be integrated into the design of the stadium, or if it'll be a free-standing structure.

amor de cosmos Jun 1, 2011 6:35 PM

Video Link

Video Link

amor de cosmos Jun 10, 2011 11:52 PM


Completed Olympic Arena Makes Case for Temporary
June 10, 2011

Temporary architecture usually incorporates some combination of mobility, lightness, and minimal mass (or even, in the age of Pritzker/ Serpentine Gallery/world expo revivals, extravagant pavilions).

A basketball arena tag-team designed by Sinclair Knight Merz together with Wilkinson Eyre and KSS has just been completed, and was one of the fastest structures to be built for the games, ready an entire year in advance. Work began in October 2009, with the 1,000-ton steel frame being completed in March of last year; the all-white cladding was installed soon after, with the interior finally furbished over the past couple of months. The stadium as such will have its fifteen minutes next summer, then be deconstructed and shipped elsewhere for use.

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