Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee named London as
the host of the 2012 summer Olympics. The committee gave London
54 votes, while runner-up Paris gained only 50. New York, Madrid,
and Moscow were eliminated in earlier rounds of voting. The cities
had submitted their bids-which often included detailed architectural
renderings-at the end of 2004.
images submitted as part of London's Olympic bid. The projects
will be located in the Lower Lea Valley, three miles from London.
| Images Courtesy London 2012/ London Development Agency
London's plans for the games have not yet been finalized, but
their bid gave a good idea of what is planned. An 80,000-seat stadium
by London-based Foreign Office Architects anchors the scheme. The
human form inspired the stadium's design, with its roof forms remeniscient
of the way that muscles support the body.
Officials say they will locate the stadium within the 500-acre
Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley, three miles from London's
center. The park will also include a 20,000-seat aquatics center,
designed by Zaha Hadid. That venue includes a dramatic S-shaped
roof inspired, officials say, by the building's riverside location.
Other elements of the park will include a velopark, indoor sports
arenas, training facilities and athletes' and officials' accommodations.
The regeneration of the valley, which is one of the poorest areas
in Britain, was one of the plan's intentions. "We are not creating
another Olympic village that is just a series of nice, white, modern
buildings on flat land. We are creating something that will grow
out of the specific conditions and forms of the Lea Valley. This
will be part of the lasting legacy for the local community,"
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, chief project designer, told RECORD shortly
after the bid was submitted. The Olympic plans include construction
of 35,000 to 50,000 new housing units.
A master plan for the area was commissioned in August 2003 by the
London Development Agency (LDA), the planning arm of city's government,
and was developed by a team that included EDAW, in partnership with
Foreign Office Architects, Allies and Morrison, HOK Sport, and Fluid.
The LDA is already buying and decontaminating parts of the site.
London's plan also kept venues close to each other. The triathlon
will be in Hyde Park; gymnastics in the Dome at Greenwich; archery
at Lord's Cricket Ground; the modern pentathlon in Greenwich Park,
shooting events at Woolwich Arsenal, and tennis on Wimbledon's Centre