Gallery: Design Flaw Restricts View at Zaha Hadid’s Olympic Aquatic Cen...


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.

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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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