The London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid

Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid, has designed the London Aquatics Centre, an indoor facility with two 50 metre swimming pools and a 25 metre diving pool, which will become one of the main venues of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

The centre is located in the Olympic Park at Stratford in East London and its distinctive architecture and curved roof will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park.

The aquatics centre is one of the most controversial buildings on the Olympic site. It was originally costed at £73 million. The current bill is £303 million.

Despite the cost increases, the centre should be completed within 2011 and is a good bet for becoming one of London’s new iconic images.

As expected the impact of the building on the environment will be reduced by the use of renewable energy, sustainably sourced building materials, reuse of pool water to flush the toilets etc.

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Regium Waterfront Museum, Italy

Antwerp Port House

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