The Best of Olympic Architecture

By Josephine Minutillo - 2014-03-21T16:34:04Z

Photograph by Justin Kase zninez/Alamy

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Aquatics Centre, London


Inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion, Zaha Hadid’s design for the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 London Olympics features a 525-foot-long undulating roof. The temporary seating stands on either side of the sinuous structure have now been removed and replaced by permanent floor-to-ceiling glazing running the length of the building. Hadid will use her experience designing the London Olympic venue to create an even larger one: the 80,000-seat New National Stadium of Japan that will host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.