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Olympic Stadium nominated for architecture prize

26 July 2012 No Comment

Just days before the London 2012 Olympic Ceremony, the Olympic Stadium has been shortlisted to receive the Stirling Prize, one of the UK’s most prestigious architecture prizes.

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Alongside the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery and the Lyric Theatre and Belfast, the Olympic Stadium will be one of the finalists competing for the respected award.

Stirling prize for excellence in architecture

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According to travelbite.co.uk, the award is a prize for excellence in architecture, named after the architect James Stirling and handed out annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

One of the most sustainable arenas in the country

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The Stadium is said to be one of the most sustainable arenas in the country due to its use of steel – around 10,000 tonnes was used, which could include the use of steel cladding, which is far less than other stadiums. Furthermore, the top ring of the stadium was built using surplus gas pipes.

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Large venue with intimate views

On RIBA’s website, the institute praised the build thanks to it focusing ‘very much on the ease of movement of the large numbers of people who will use the Stadium during the Games’, cites latimes.com.

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In addition, they said the ‘bowl of the stadium provides clear sight lines throughout and a surprisingly intimate relationship with the events for a venue of this scale’.

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The judges commented on the build:

“There is a spirit – they have designed a space to create an amazing atmosphere, where every seat has a great view.”

Author: Ashley Curtis    Date Written: 26 July 2012

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