A truly eye-catching work of art in architecture which happens to be one of my favourite designs in London, partially because of my love for swimming and partially because I love Zaha Hadid’s work and the fact that such effort has gone into creating a ‘recreational space’ is just a beautiful thing.
The Centre is located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is a striking building with a wave-shaped roof that is made up of over 16,000 aluminium panels. The Centre has two 50-metre swimming pools, a 25-metre diving pool, and a children’s pool. It also has a gym, a café, and a spectator area that can seat up to 2,800 people.
The Centre was designed to be a sustainable building and has a number of features that help to reduce its environmental impact. These features include a rainwater harvesting system, a green roof, and a solar panel array. The Centre was also awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating, which is the highest possible rating for a sustainable building.
The London Aquatics Centre is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. It is a great place to go for a swim, a workout, or simply relax and enjoy the views of the Olympic Park.