Project: London Aquatic CentreLocation: London, UKDesigned by Make ArchitectsWebsite: www.makearchitects.comThe shortlisted competition scheme for the London Aquatic Centre houses a world class swimming venue in Stratford, East London.The scheme makes an ingenious use of the topography of the immediate area and uses the structure to manage a drop in ground level at the Park entrance. Two pools are sunk into the ground on either side of the main entrance to the site, linked at basement levels by a training pool and sports science facilities. Continue for more after the jump:
Spectator grandstands rise up above ground level, and the main entrance concourse is drawn between them to lead to the surrounding area and beyond. The whole complex is spanned by a lightweight roof whose sweeping curves are inspired by the outstretched arms of a swimmer performing the physically demanding butterfly stroke. A roofing system of transparent ETFE pillows bathes each arena in natural light and the structure facilitates rainwater collection.The scheme is designed to leave a lasting and sustainable leisure facility for the use of the wider community.