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Design Flaw Restricts View at Zaha Hadid's Olympic Aquatic Center
Spectators eager to catch a glimpse of the famous young diver Tom Daley at the Olympic Games might be a little bit disappointed. The Telegraph reports that the 10 meter diving platform is barely visible from many of the seats, for which spectators paid between £30-£50 – a considerable sum. An award-winning project, the Aquatic Center designed by Zaha Hadid was approved by LOCOG two years ago, according to a statement released by her office, and comes with 3,000 more seats than originally required. Of those, 2,400 are unsaleable.
Many of the spectators will have to watch the 10 meter diving events on a big screen since it’s impossible to view the action down below without binoculars, the Telegraph jokes, and LOCOG told the paper that they will offer refunds to spectators via email – if they feel that they require it.
Supporters of the Iraqi architect, who recently became a Dame for her work in Architecture, claim she should not be held responsible since LOCOG approved the design. But several designers responding to a post published on Dezeen criticize Zaha Hadid for allowing form to trump function (again).
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