Design Flaw Restricts View at Zaha Hadid’s Olympic Aquatic Center

by , 07/28/12
filed under: Architecture, News

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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.

Zaha Hadid, Aquatic Center, Olympic 2012, design, form, function, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, London

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).

+ Zaha Hadid

Via Dezeen

images courtesy of Frank Steiner, KachKaev, and Adacar, Flickr

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  1. Keiserwillhelm August 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    All 17,500 seats can see the majority of events. For the 10m dive only 8000 can see without using a secondary screen. LOCOG only required 5000 seats with uninterrupted views for the 10m dive, Zaha gave them 3000 more than that.

    LOCOG sold more tickets than the 8000 (5000 originally) they were supposed to for the 10m dive. They did not inform people purchasing the non-10m-dive seats that they would need to watch a portion of the dive on a screen. While I believe the design could have been more utilitarian and functional, she is not to blame completely and to call it a “design flaw” is irresponsible.

  2. Marko July 31, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Still, someone had to pay to construct those 2400 unsaleable seats!

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