London 2012 Water Polo Arena Completes

David Morley Architects have completed the Water Polo Arena on the Olympic Park in east London. The temporary venue, which was built in 13 months, features a silver-coloured wrap and an inflatable roof. Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority said: “The unique sloping roof design makes it instantly recognisable and, as with all our venues, huge efforts have gone into both sustainability and ensuring we don’t build venues that have no use after the games.” When the 5,000-seat venue is dismantled after this summer’s Olympics parts of it will be reused elsewhere in the UK. The venue is located at the main eastern entrance of the Olympic Park opposite the Aquatics Centre and will hold almost three million litres of water in the warm-up and competition pools. Seb Coe, the chairman of the London organising committee, said the venue was fit for staging "epic" water polo matches during the Games. "The Water Polo Arena will be a great stage for epic Olympic medal battles in this fast and tough sport this summer," he said.