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Venue hopping: London’s wave-like Olympic swimming venue

Chris Chase
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Venue Hopping takes you around the sites for the 2012 London Olympics.

The London Aquatics Center isn't as visually striking as Beijing's Water Cube, nor will it likely host the same sort of swimming history. Yet it's one of the most complex designs of all the London venues and certain to be one of the most memorable. The 17,500-seat venue will be the site where Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Tom Daley, Qui Bo, synchronized swimmers and water polo teams will compete next summer in the 2012 Olympics.

It was finished this summer and unveiled to the public.

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London Aquatics Centre was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. It features three concrete supports holding up a 3,000 ton roof and more than 850,000 tiles. The double-curved parabolic design is meant to evoke the image of an undulating wave.{YSP:more}

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