Gallery: The 2012 London Olympic Basketball Stadium Is a Groundbreaking...

This new approach to the games could usher in a new era of more sustainable stadiums.
This new approach to the games could usher in a new era of more sustainable stadiums.

The basketball arena is built from 1,000 tons of steel, so it may be a stretch to call it “green”. Nonetheless, compared to Zaha Hadid’s contribution to the London Games – the lavish Olympics Aquatic Center – and the £500 million main stadium, we can acknowledge a significant step in a more sustainable direction.

The already-complete basketball stadium is mobile, comparatively lightweight, and designed to be a temporary structure. According to Architizer, Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), said that he hopes this new model will enable more countries to benefit from the economic stimulus typically associated with large sporting events such as the Olympic Games.

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  1. BColeman July 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Stadium??? It looks more like a fancy over-sized circus tent.

  2. Tafline Laylin June 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Good point, thank you. I’ll keep an eye on that.

  3. Tafline Laylin June 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the response and linkup!

  4. riqueapollo June 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

    How much did this cost?
    What is the cost of taking it apart?
    There is a financial sustainability aspect–if it is unaffordable, that too, is unsustainable.

  5. calvin June 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I would like to say thank you for you taking the time to create this article. Great line up. We will be linking to this on our site. Keep up the great writing.

  6. clezpa June 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This is a great initiative that is becoming more popular, and is a logical step to take in the design of new buildings.
    The Pixel Building in Melbourne has been designed for disassembly, such that 99% of the building facade can be easily dismantled and reused or recycled.

  7. Marko June 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Yes, because England sucks at Basketball, they don’t really need a basketball stadium!

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