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The 2012 London Olympic Basketball Stadium Is a Groundbreaking Recyclable Venue

Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 29, 2012 @ 2:40 am In Architecture,Environment,Features,Green Building,London,Recycling | 7 Comments

2011 London Olympic Games, Zaha Hadid, Sinclair Knight Merz, Wilkinson Eyre, KSS, basketball arena, recyclable design, steel, white-clad stadium, sustainable development, eco-design, sustainable design, sustainable stadia, temporary architecture [1]

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 [2] 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 [3]. According to Architizer [4], 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.

+ 2012 London Olympic Games [5]

Via Architizer [4]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/london-unveils-groundbreaking-recyclable-basketball-stadium-for-2012-olympic-games/london-2012-olympics-basketball-1/

[2] Zaha Hadid’s: http://inhabitat.com/chicago-eco-pavilion-by-zaha-hadid-unveiled/

[3] designed to be a temporary structure: http://inhabitat.com/over-7000-cassettes-used-to-construct-pop-up-tapehouse-in-edinburgh/

[4] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/22410/completed-olympic-arena-makes-case-for-temporary/

[5] + 2012 London Olympic Games: http://www.london2012.com/photos/2010/4/basketball-arena-aerial-68275.php

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