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London 2012; Lee Valley White Water Centre

© Martijn Giebels


Lee Valley White Water Centre

  • Architect (main building); FaulknerBrowns Architects
  • Year completed; 2010
  • Length; 300m
  • Capacity; 12,000 (2012)
  • Olympic Sports; Canoe Slalom
  • Paralympic Sports; –
  • Legacy; White-water slalom centre





© Martijn Giebels
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Book recommendation; Olympische Spiele: Architektur Und Gestaltung. Berlin – Munchen – Stuttgart (German)

From the publisher:

Olympische Spiele: Architektur Und Gestaltung. Berlin – Munchen – Stuttgart
Begleitbuch zur Ausstellung
Bearbeitet von Bohl, Peter / Friedrich, Markus

ISBN / Artikel-Nr: 978-3-17-036208-6
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Seiten: 192
Illustrationen etc.: 152 Abb.
Erschienen: 2018
Maße: 245mm x 215mm x 17mm


Die Olympischen Spiele der Neuzeit sind seit 1896 “das” Weltereignis des Sports. Als globale Medienereignisse stellen sie an Architektur und grafische Gestaltung höchste Anforderungen: der Auftritt muss unverwechselbar und “omnipräsent” sein. Der Katalog wird gemeinsam mit dem Institut für Sportgeschichte Baden-Württemberg e. V. präsentiert, das sein 25jähriges Bestehen feiert. Die Spiele von München 1972 sollten das Gegenmodell zu 1936 werden. Deutschland präsentierte sich weltoffen und modern. Dafür steht das Konzept der “visuellen Kommunikation” von Anton Stankowski und Otl Aicher. Bekannte Architekten aus dem Südwesten, Günter Behnisch, Frei Otto und Fritz Auer, waren in München beteiligt. Der Begleitband zur Ausstellung umfasst neben dem umfangreich bebilderten Katalogteil eine Einführung in die gesellschaftliche, architektonische und kulturelle Bedeutung der Spiele für den Südwesten.

London 2012; Music video: Chemical Brothers ‘Velodrome’ (by Crystal CG)

Chemical Brothers 'Velodrome' – London 2012 from Crystal CG on Vimeo.


Crystal has created a three minute animated sequence for the song’s promotional video to match its heart-pounding rhythms. Played in the Velodrome before every session the video shows the Velodrome as never before, literally pulsating with excitement.

“We’ve created sweeping contours and sleek surfaces as the backdrop for an intense, futuristic cycling ‘duel’ as two animated riders power round the track,” said Darren Groucutt, creative director at Crystal. “It truly brings the Velodrome to life.”

James O’Brien, LOCOG Head of Sports Presentation, said: ‘Inspiring people to engage with sport has always been central to our vision and we want to ensure the way we present sport adds to the experience of the spectators in the venues and builds the atmosphere. This will be a special summer and we are grateful to everyone who has given their time and expertise over the past years.’

Tokyo 2020; Finland / Metsä Pavilion by Helin & Co Architects

Metsä Pavilion Tokyo 2020. Photo: Helin & Co Architects.


Architects’ description:

Helin & Co Designs Metsä Pavilion for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
Helin & Co Architects is designing a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The pavilion will rise to the site of the Finnish Embassy in Japan, which is centrally located in Tokyo near the Roppongi district.

The long traditions of wood architecture in both Japan and Finland have been taken into consideration in the design process. “The pavilion is approachable and authentic while being stylish and of high quality at the same time,” says Pekka Helin, architect of the pavilion.

One of the carrying themes is sustainability, and in the future the building will be used for other purposes as well. “Once the pavilion is no longer needed, it can be demolished, sent to another location and rebuilt there. The main idea is to demonstrate to the pavilion visitors how in Finland, wood is used ecologically and sustainably,” Helin says.

The Metsä pavilion is a versatile space where many kinds of different events, such as seminars, exhibitions and parties can be organized. The pavilion will also serve as a meeting place for Finland’s Olympic team during the Summer Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. The pavilion will be built by Metsä Group and Business Finland.


Source and more images: Website Helin & Co Architects

IOC; 134th Session – Schedule of Events

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. IOC Executive Board meeting


Thursday 20 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. IOC Executive Board meeting


Friday 21 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. IOC Executive Board meeting


Saturday 22 June 2019

Time Event
10.15 a.m. Olympic Capital Run
5 – 8 p.m. Golden Rings Awards Ceremony


Sunday 23 June 2019

Time Event
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Inauguration of Olympic House


Monday 24 June 2019

Time Event
9 – 9.10 a.m. Opening Remarks of 2026 Briefing
9.10 – 9.40 a.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Technical presentation
9.40 – 10.25 a.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Q&A
10.55 – 11.25 a.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Technical presentation
11.25 a.m. – 12.10 p.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Q&A
1.50 – 2 p.m. Session: Opening Remarks
2 – 2.30 p.m. Stockholm–Åre 2026 Final presentation
2.45 – 3.15 p.m. Milan–Cortina 2026 Final presentation
3.15 – 3.40 p.m. Presentation by the Evaluation Commission, including Q&A
4 – 4.30 p.m. Vote to elect the Host City 2026
6 p.m. TBC Announcement of Host City 2026
6.30 p.m. Signing of Host City Contract followed by joint IOC – Host City 2026 press Conference


Tuesday 25 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 134th IOC Session


Tuesday 26 June 2019

Time Event
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 134th IOC Session


Source: The International Olympic Committee. All times are local and subject to change.

Tokyo 2020; Archery venue completed

Last weekend, The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic archery venue was opened.





News report (in Japanese)


Read more:
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field hits the bullseye (press release IOC)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic archery venue officially opened (press release World Archery)