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Aquatics Centre, London
Detail of Aquatic Center curved, wooded, rounded exterior skin shell.

Exterior panels of the London Aquatics Centre on February 23, 2012 in London, England.

Photo by Clive Rose ©2012 Getty Images

Architects and builders of the 2012 London Olympic venues were made to adopt elements of sustainability. For construction materials, only timber certified from sustainable forests was allowed to be used. For design, architects who embraced adaptive reuse were commissioned for these high profile venues.

Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Center was built with recycled concrete and sustainable timber—and she designed the structure to be reused. Between 2005 and 2011, the swimming and diving venue included two "wings" of seating (see construction photos) in order to accommodate the volume of Olympic participants and spectators. After the Olympics, the temporary seating was removed to provide a more usable venue for the community.

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