London Olympics' Conflicted Architecture: Gorgeous Gardens, Scary "Orbit"

By James S. Russell - 2012-07-10T14:42:12Z

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Aquatics Center Exterior

A view of the Olympics Aquatics Center during final site preparation in June 2012. Designed by London architect Zaha Hadid, the upwardly angled wings are temporary structures, allowing seating for 17,500 spectators during the games.