London 2012 / Basketball Arena
The Basketball Arena of the London Olympics is not only one of the most visually dramatic buildings of the 2012 Games, it’s one of the biggest temporary venues ever erected for any Olympic and Paralympic Games. The resulting building stands 30 meters high, the equivalent of a seven‐story building.
Composed of a steel portal frame and wrapped in 20,000 square meters of lightweight, phthalate‐free, recyclable PVC and custom-designed for this purpose, the translucent cladding was stretched across minimal steel framing modules arranged in such as way as to push the fabric out and create a three‐dimensional undulating pattern across the building’s various facades.
This external pattern was designed to interact with light in unique and beautiful ways. During the day, the passage of the sun across the sky throws shadows across the building’s facade, and by night the studio developed the architectural lighting scheme that brought the fabric surface to life, the entire building becoming a large-scale art installation, adding to the spectacle that was the London Games.
Client London 2012
Commissioned by: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Role: Architectural lighting design