HOK/Buro Happold reveal images of their £496 million “permatemp” 2012 stadium proposal
Dramatic images have been released for the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympics. The cost of the 80,000 capacity stadium has risen some 77% since the last budget of £280m. The stadium is being heralded as a beacon for London.
A high degree of innovation is incorporated into the design to enable the stadium to have an “afterlife”, a key objective of the Olympics masterplan to ensure that London is not burdened with a huge building, far in excess of its needs. 55,000 of the seats in the upper section will removed after the Olympics.
A cable supported roof stretching 28 metres will cover 67% of the spectators. The structure will be wrapped in fabric which will be decorated and serve to cover the temporary structure element.
Groups of pods will be located around the concourse for merchandise and catering, a concept drawn from the “fan zones” in last year’s football world cup in Germany.
Work is scheduled to start next April, ahead of schedule.
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