01 May 2008

London's 2012 Olympic bid team has unveiled designs for a 3700 ha purpose built Olympic park in the Lower Lea Valley, north-east London. The site will host the Olympic stadium, an aquatic centre, velodrome, three sports halls, hockey centre and a media village making it the biggest of its kind in Europe. Foreign Office Architects, led by Alejandro Zaero-Pollo, designed the main stadium, which will seat 80000. The human body inspires the design, which is most apparent in the roof concept that wraps itself around the stadium like the muscles that support the human body. The Olympic park has been master planned by EDAW and is designed to meet the criteria of the International Olympic Committee, which include security, care of the athletes, public transport and its “urban legacy”.

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