Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Architecture of Summer Olympic Games 2012

On July 27, 2012 London will become the only city in the world to host the Summer Olympic Games 2012 three times. And for the spectators, the thrill of competition will be set against the backdrop of some of the most experimental and expensive architecture in the world.
Most of the events will take place at the Summer Olympic Games 2012 Village Park in Stafford, London (for more information, read our Real Estate Review). The park houses the Olympic Stadium, the London Aquatic Center and the Olympic Village, which are all within walking distance of each other.
The Olympic Stadium, constructed at a cost of 486 million pounds, is designed by populous, one of the world's leading sports facility design firms. The stadium is an architectural marvel; shaped like a bowl, its elliptical geometry blends in effortlessly with the slopping geography of the site it is constructed upon. The Stadium will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of the Olympic since the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the track and field events, will take place there.
The highlight of design at the Olympics is undoubtedly the London Aquatics Center. Built at a cost of 269 million pounds, it is designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid, and is "inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion";in essence, the structure resembles a wave with wings. Resplendent in its de-constructivist elegance, with solid feminine lines that dominate its facades, the fluid design of the Aquatics Center is perfect for a venue dedicated to water sports.
The athletes participating at the Summer Olympics 2012 will reside at the purpose build Olympic Village which cost 1.1 billion pounds to construct. In contrast to the flowing design of the Aquatics Center, the Village has a distinct modernist design; the concrete and cuboid shaped buildings employ strong vertical and horizontal lines, stressing functionality rather than form. The Village is complemented by extensive landscaping, with gardens aflame with cornflowers and marigolds.
It is safe to say that for thousands of spectators who will witness the Summer Olympic Games 2012 first hand the Olympic Village Park with all its architectural wonders will be a sight to remember.

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