RIBA Stirling shortlist 2012 – Olympic Stadium, London
The design of the new Stadium embraces this ambition, creating a world class venue seating 80,000 spectators for the main track and field events and ceremonies, which is then capable of being transformed into a smaller scale venue. The design clearly expresses the main elements of the stadium, distinguishing between the white main structural elements, the black secondary structures and the precast concrete of the seating tiers and plinth to create a striking and legible ensemble. The demountable nature of the structures is expressed through the simple and elegant
The organisation focuses very much around the ease of movement of the large numbers of people who will use the stadium during the Games. Spectators approach and move into the building from an arrival plinth that screens all of the ‘back of house’ activities below and enables level access around the full perimeter of the stadium. The bowl of the stadium provides for clear sightlines throughout and a surprisingly intimate relationship with the events for a venue of this scale.
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Olympic stadium video
Thoughts from the Sir John Soane’s Museum Olypmic stadia exhibition on the scale of innovation needed to seamlessly transform an 80,000-seater world stage into a 20,000-seater community-use centre post-Games.
The London Olympic Stadium is at the heart of the Olympic Park on the redeveloped Lower Lee Valley site in Stratford, East London, approximately 5 miles from the City of London.