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London 2012 Olympic Stadium


The 80,000 seat London Olympic Stadium marks a step change in the design of major event venues.  The origins of the design reference temporary structures of the bucolic English village fair.  The stadium is designed as a component based structure, much like the classic English Land rover discovery jeep. Utilitarian components assembled simply to create a unified functional design.  it is in it’s functionality that the true beauty of “un-styled” architecture reveals itself. The joyousness of the village fair is embraced in the collaboration with young British Artist Sophie Smallhorns’ colours on the fabric wrap that encircles the stadium; the gently twisting fabric opens up at the ground level to allow spectators to flow into the stadium and in doing so reveals the Smallhorns’ colours. In the spirit of ultimate functionality the artists colours are used to colour code way finding for the 80,000 spectators.  The stadium is the lightest and smallest footprint of recent Olympic stadia, designed to be reconfigured post-Olympics to provide a flexible legacy ranging from a 25,000 seat international athletics stadium to a larger capacity venue for a premiership football stadium.  During the 2012 Olympics the stadium must transform itself from the stage for Oscar award winning Danny Boyles’ incredible opening ceremony to the stage for the greatest Athletes in the world to compete and back again to host the spectacular closing ceremony.