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London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena

  • Construction
  • ClientOlympic Delivery Authority
  • Value£7,000,000
  • Duration18 weeks
  • Architect Wilkinson Eyre Architects
London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena

Design and construction of a temporary stadium for the London 2012 Olympic basketball, handball, wheelchair rugby, and basketball tournaments.

The basketball arena was one of the biggest temporary venues ever erected for any Olympic and Paralympic Games and the third largest venue in the Olympic Park.

With 12,000 seats, the venue is 35m high and 115m long, and consisted of a 1,000tonne steel frame wrapped in 215,278sqft of recyclable white PVC membrane, stretched across arched steel framing modules.

This translucent bespoke cladding is stretched across minimal steel framing modules that push the fabric out, and create an elegant and threedimensional undulating pattern across the facades.

Venue facilities including lifts, toilet blocks, corridors, and VIP access rooms installed beneath venue seating frame.

During the Games the exterior acted as a canvas for an artistic and innovative lighting design.