Architecture of the Games Weekly – Issue #25/2016

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Richard Rogers on his role in convincing the jury to select Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre design [Dezeen]

In this exclusive video, Richard Rogers reflects on his role in convincing the jury to select Zaha Hadid’s design for the London Aquatics Centre, a building he considers to be “a roaring success”.

Hadid’s Aquatics Centre was one of the key venues during the London 2012 Olympic Games and now provides swimming, diving and gym facilities to the public.

Rogers chaired the jury that ultimately selected Hadid’s design. However, he reveals that it was difficult to convince the jury that Hadid was the right choice.

“We had to fight like hell to get it,” Rogers says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed in London as part of our Zaha Hadid video tribute collaboration with Architizer.

“There were a number of architects who could not see where she was going. We worked late into the night, I remember, but we did persuade the jury to select her and it’s a roaring success.”

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