Bellyflop: Zaha Hadid's reworked Aquatic Centre disappoints - more images and visitors comments
As revealed by BD in November, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre now includes two temporary stands.
The temporary seating stands – to be removed after the Games have a ten year lifespan but the Olympic Deliver Authority expects them to be reused and incorporated into a permanent, or semi-permanent facility.
The centre was originally conceived as a 20,000 seat venue but concerns over the games’ legacy has seen that figure drop to just 2,500, with the shortfall addressed by two huge temporary seating “wedges” which will flank the two longer elevations of the centre.
These new images, part of the centre’s planning application submitted two weeks ago, show that the sinuous forms of the wave-like structure will now be obscured by the hard-edged seating stands, one of which, will cantilever over the River Lea.
Spectators will sit under a PVC stretch fabric roof, the most cost effective solution according to the planning submission which also states that measures are being taken to ensure a sustainable fabric is selected.
BD’s buildings editor Ellis Woodman said: “There has been a succession of disappointments as the major Olympic projects have been revealed. The Aquatic Centre was the one that promised to be a work of architectural ambition.
“These new images show that potential has now been squandered by the addition of two very ugly temporary stands.”