Designed by Populous, the London Olympic Stadium is a not only 80,000-seat stadium to be inaugurated in London’s 2012 Olympic Games, but also promotes possibilities of transformation after the Games down to a minimum 25,000 seat venue form. The London Olympic Stadium is sited on a diamond-shaped island between two existing waterways, located within the southern section of the new Olympic Park. The seating bowl is compact, bringing all 80, 000 spectators far closer to the event than previous Games venues.
Rod Sheard, Senior Principal at Populous, the Stadium architect said:
The construction of the world’s most environmentally friendly Olympic Stadium has taken just over 1,000 days, in the world of major construction it could be considered a sprint, its completion marks the beginning of the end of the construction phase of London’s Olympic Games. We can now all look forward to just under 500 days of the final preparation to when the world will see this innovative design perform for the first time.
The London Olympic Stadium has been shortlisted for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.