Author: N. Holloway (Fenton Holloway)
7 June 2012
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N. Holloway (Fenton Holloway)
An excellent example of sustainable legacy design, the Copper Box (Figure 1) is one of the jewels in the new Olympic Park. This paper looks at the design of the building; home to handball, goalball and the fencing elements of the Modern Pentathlon during the 2012 Games. It begins with an explanation of the initial concepts that drove the design of the scheme and goes on to show how those concepts were realised as the eventual design solution. A more detailed description of the structural design is then provided, demonstrating how the development of this was also heavily inﬂ uenced by the initial concepts. The paper concludes with an explanation of some of the more interesting and challenging aspects of the actual construction.
There is something rather deep-rooted about our desire to produce buildings choreographed to focus the attention of the spectator on the activities within. The use of a circular geometry to achieve this goes back a long way, from Stonehenge and Celtic stone circles to the Pantheon and the Colosseum, via Santa Maria del Fiore to St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City, to bullrings, soccer stadia, athletics tracks and velodromes.
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) is a high proﬁ le prestigious project funded by public money in very challenging economic times. RPS was presented with a brief to deliver the design of the building to an accelerated programme, at the lowest possible cost, whilst containing ﬂ exible broadcasting space with legacy opportunities. The IBC will accommodate the world’s broadcasters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The building was designed and constructed to maintain a ﬂ exible space that has the potential to be subdivided if required. The resultant design was to ‘Secured by Design’ standards and approved by the Commission for the Built Environment (CABE).