London 2012; New London Neighbourhood Tour – Olympic Park by NLA London

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New London Neighbourhood Tour – Olympic Park
Saturday 9 September 2017
14:00-16:00
Stratford Station

Following the huge success of the 2012 Olympic Games, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas now continue to grow as one of London’s newest neighbourhoods, adapting the sustainable legacy of the park’s buildings and transport links to meet future needs.

Starting with the Olympic Stadium by HOK and its neighbouring Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, we discover the site of Olympicopolis – a multicultural and academic cultural centre in the east being designed by Allies and Morrison and O’Donnell and Toumey. Tracing the meanders of the River Lea tributaries that criss-cross the park, we see Hackney’s thriving Copper Box by Make Architects and Populous and the transformed 2012 press and media hubs now Here East by Hawkins/Brown Architects. Hopkins Architects’ RIBA award-wining Velodrome presides over a two-wheeler zone, while over-the-bridge the bright blue Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centres by Stanton Williams Architects define the QEOP’s north boundary. Finally, our walk will discover the multi-architect designed Athletes Village complex which now thrives as East Village – also home to vital local community amenities like Chobham Academy by AHMM and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health Centre by Penoyre & Prasad Architects.

This walk starts at Stratford Station, Westfield Exit through the ticket barrier in front of EAT.

Barcelona 1992; 25 Years later – Institut National d’Educació Física de Catalunya

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)

 

Part 19 – Institut National d’Educació Física de Catalunya

Institut National d’Educació Física de Catalunya

  • Opened: 1991
  • Architect: Ricardo Bofill
  • Capacity: 400 seats
  • Olympic Sports: Wrestling

 

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Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels

Barcelona 1992; 25 Years later – Palau Blaugrana

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)

 

Part 18 – Palau Blaugrana

Palau Blaugrana

  • Opened: 1971
  • Architect: Francesc Cavaller
  • Capacity: 7,585 seats
  • Olympic Sports: Roller Hockey, Taekwondo and Judo

 

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Photo: Martijn Giebels
Photo: Martijn Giebels

Rio 2016; Legacy one year on; What happened to the venues in Barra

Photo courtesy of Miriam Jeske/Brasil2016.gov.br

 

CARIOCA ARENA 1/2/3

  • Type; New
  • Olympic Sports:
    • Arena 1: Basketball
    • Arena 2: Wrestling (Freestyle and Greco-Roman) + Judo
    • Arena 3: Fencing + Taekwondo
  • Paralympic Sports;
    • Arena 1: Wheelchair Basketball
    • Wheelchair Rugby
    • Arena 2: Boccia
    • Arena 3: Judo
  • Legacy; Part of the Olympic Training Centre. Partly reopened in May 2017. (read more)

 

FUTURE ARENA

  • Type; New and temporary
  • Olympic Sports; Handball
  • Paralympic Sports; Goalball
  • Legacy; The Future Arena still has to be removed. Is planned to be re-used in the construction of four schools.

 

MARIA LENK AQUATICS CENTRE

  • Type; Existing
  • Olympic Sports; Diving + Synchronised Swimming + Water Polo
  • Paralympic Sports ; –
  • Legacy; Part of the Olympic Training Centre.

 

OLYMPIC AQUATICS STADIUM

  • Type; New and temporary
  • Olympic Sports; Swimming + Water Polo
  • Paralympic Sports; Swimming
  • Legacy; Only the pools are dismantled. The construction still stands.

 

OLYMPIC TENNIS CENTRE

  • Olympic Sports; Tennis
  • Paralympic Sports; Wheelchair Tennis (Centre Court, Court 2-9) / Football 5-a-side (Court 1)
  • Legacy; Hosted the FIVB Beach World Tour in May 2017

 

RIO OLYMPIC ARENA

  • Type; Existing
  • Olympic Sports; Gymnastics (gala, artistic, rhythmic and trampoline)
  • Paralympic Sports; Wheelchair Basketball
  • Legacy; Sport and cultural events

 

RIO OLYMPIC VELODROME

  • Type; New and permanent.
  • Olympic Sports; Track Cycling
  • Paralympic Sports; Para-cycling Track
  • Legacy; Part of the Olympic Training Centre. Reopened and hosted the Rio Bike Fest in May 2017. The venue was however damaged by a fire in July 2017. (read more)

 

RIOCENTRO PAVILION 2/3/4/6

  • Type; Existing
  • Olympic Sports;
    • Pavilion 2: Weightlifting
    • Pavilion 3: Table Tennis
    • Pavilion 4: Badminton
    • Pavilion 6: Boxing
  • Paralympic Sports;
    • Pavilion 2: Powerlifting
    • Pavilion 3: Table Tennis
    • Pavilion 4: –
    • Pavilion 6: Sitting Volleyball
  • Legacy; Exhibition and conventions centre

 

OLYMPIC GOLF COURSE

  • Type; New and permanent
  • Olympic Sports; Golf
  • Paralympic Sports; –
  • Legacy; Uncertain. Maintenance was stopped for a period, users claimed that the ‘green fees’ were to high and there are no big tournaments planned for the future.

 

BARRA OLYMPIC PARK

  • Reopened in January 2017
  • Open to the public on weekdays and public holidays.
  • New facilities and activities include; the Wall of Champions, multi-sport courts, an outdoor gym, a children’s play area and a skate park.
  • Will host Rock in Rio next month.

 

ATHLETES VILLAGE

Barcelona 1992; Camp Nou (2)

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)

 

Part 17 – Camp Nou

Camp Nou hosted part of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic football competition.

  • 3 Group matches
  • 2 Quarter-finals
  • 1 Semi-final
  • Bronze Medal match: Australia – Ghana 0-1 (Attendance 15,000)
  • Gold Medal match: Poland – Spain (Attendance 95,000 – See video)

 

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