Dominated the swimming pool in London by Zaha Hadid glass, light and concrete
The London Aquatics Centre for 2015 Summer Olympic Games opened in July 2011. The Zaha Hadid swimming pool can accommodate 17,500 spectators, who can watch the competitions and events in disciplines such as swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. The roof is covered with aluminum and steel. 160 meters in length and 90 meters at its widest point.
Zaha Hadid swimming pool - Wavy Ceiling
Three main concrete pillars support the 3,000 ton sweeping roof. The double parabolic structure is reminiscent of the shape of a visually shaft. Interior, 850,000 tiles cover the pool, locker rooms and floors. The variety of concrete towers including the three meter springboards and towers were built and poured on site.
Zaha Hadid swimming pool - space for 17,500 spectators
The bridge for spectators crossed the 50-meter pool supported by a monolithic concrete bridge. A repetitive pattern of penetrations within the ceiling create voids for skylights that allow daylight to uniformly illuminate the space. Blast furnace slag, a by-product of steel production, was recycled and added as an aggregate to reduce the necessary concrete content by 50%. The excess water from the swimming pool with capacity 10 million liters will be redirected to flush the toilet.
50 meters long swimming pool
After the games had been over, the capacity of the plants was reduced to 2,500 people. The complex can now be used by schools and clubs. The project cost £ 269 million. In the spirit of futuristic buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, the swimming pool looks from the outside like a big alien oyster.
Diving platforms design
voluminous diving platforms
interesting ceiling design
well-lit indoor swimming pools