WAN Jobs
News Review
WAN Urban Challenge
WAN Awards
Previous Next

The O2 London, London, United Kingdom

Monday 29 Jun 2009

Live and loud

The O2 London by Populous in London, United Kingdom
images by Paul Gascoigne 
The O2 London by Populous in London, United Kingdom The O2 London by Populous in London, United Kingdom The O2 London by Populous in London, United Kingdom
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
Award Entry

A new benchmark for both fans and performers 

The first purpose-built music venue in London since The Royal Albert Hall in 1871, the O2 Arena has now become the world’s most successful arena as well as an individual contemporary structure.

The task set for Populous as architects was a simple one, however it was the combination of the requirement to build within the existing Millennium Dome that created both a truly unique design challenge, and an opportunity to question some existing preconceptions with regards to Arena design. The design had to not only recognise the architectural excellence of the original structure and to design a suitable architectural response but to also employ simple, functional and flexible design principles to create a rewarding and memorable experience for spectators and participants.

The building takes its form from its primary function, end stage concerts, without compromising the flexibility, excellent viewer comfort and sightlines for other sporting and entertainment events. The Arena provides approximately 20,000 seating capacity for a centre stage event but also seating configurations for other various events such as ice hockey, basketball, circuses, ice shows and exhibitions. Throughout the arena, in fact the user is centre stage and a backdrop of clean architectural and graphic expression acknowledges the many different individuals who will be entertained within the space.

With the completion of The O2 in June 2007, London was given what it has always needed; a world class entertainment destination. It is this arena at the heart of the venue which puts the capital right at the forefront of the industry.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)

More projects by this architect

Tottenham Hotspur stadium

Silverstone Circuit redevelopment

Aviva Stadium

Sochi 2014 Olympic Stadium

Gold Coast Stadium

More Projects

Latest Jobs in London

Revit Architectural Technologists

Technical Architects

Senior Architect

Reinventing Cities

Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site