London Aquatic Centre: a majestic structure based on versatile variable geometry

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Project data

• Architect
Zaha Hadid Architects
> Project Managers:
Glenn Morley et Sara Klomps
• Consulting engineer
• Fabrication/Installation
Architen Landrell Associates

  • • Serge Ferrari composite materials
    > Roof :
    Précontraint 1002 S2 Black out NPP

    Material area: 18 000 m2
    > Facade :
    Stamisol FT 381 NPP

    Material area: 7 000 m2

  • The London Aquatic Centre is inspired by the fluid geometries of moving water. The spectacular roof, architecturally conceived in the shape of a 160 m long x 80 m wide wave spans the central building and spreads outwards with two temporary canopies composed of 25,000 m2 of Serge Ferrari NPP* composite material.

    A lightweight construction system.
    Built for the swimming competitions of the 2012 largest international sporting event, the London Aquatic Centre has been designed from the outset to be resized after the event. Only the central building will be kept with a 2,500-seat spectator capacity. The wings, which shelter removable 17,500- seat stands during competition, will be later dismantled.

    External safety cladding for stands
    7,000 m2 of Stamisol FT 381 white openwork composite material clad and make safe the temporary stands. Stamisol FT 381 reduces heat transmission and encourages air circulation with its 28% porosity, thereby contributing to regulate humidity level within the internal space. Designed for large dimension ventilated facades, Stamisol FT’s strength is unmatched. It is B-s2,d0 fire rated and is 100% recyclable.

    * Non Phthalate Plasticizer

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